AANEM Practice News Express

AANEM News Express

CMS Releases Final Rule: 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

On November 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the
final rule updating payment policies and payment rates for physicians under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2017.  CMS estimates a 0% impact in payment on neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians.

Updates to AANEM Disciplinary Policies and Procedures

Under the direction of David A. Simpson, DO, and Raghav Govindarajan, MD, the Ethics and Peer Review Committee has updated, and the AANEM Board of Directors has approved, the AANEM Disciplinary Policies and Procedures. The procedures were initially adopted in 1995 to enable fair and impartial review of complaints of professional misconduct concerning AANEM members, and, when appropriate, to pursue disciplinary action.

Learn About NCS Normal Values Through Podcast & Publications

The AANEM Normative Data Taskforce (NDTF) reports on establishing high quality reference values for nerve conduction studies (NCSs) were published in the September issue of Muscle & Nerve. Because there are not uniform standards for NCSs in the United States, taskforce members reviewed over 7500 articles to identify high quality studies regarding nerve conduction techniques and reference values for commonly tested upper and lower limb nerves. Following the publications, Ted M. Burns, MD, of the AANEM Podcast Editorial Board interviewed NDTF Chair Timothy R. Dillingham, MD.

Rate of Disease Progression: A Prognostic Biomarker in ALS

While the conclusion that a faster rate of progression at initial assessment of a patient with ALS portends a poorer prognosis is intuitive, this study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry provides more precise quantification of this phenomenon.

What Does the Election Mean for Healthcare in the U.S.?

Long before the first vote was cast in the November election, it was apparent that 2017 would bring big changes to Capitol Hill. Retirements by senior lawmakers as well as self-imposed term-limits for committee leadership will change the complexion of key committees with jurisdiction over healthcare. 

AANEM Endorses International Consensus Guidance for MG Management

The AANEM Board of Directors has endorsed the International Consensus Guidance for the Management of Myasthenia Gravis, which was recently published in Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Join Our New MACRA Task Force

We are seeking AANEM members to join a new MACRA task force. This task force will help shape our response to the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) created by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the 2015 MACRA legislation. Task force members will help to create resources for AANEM members. 

LEARN More about Medicare’s Quality Payment Program

AANEM policy staff is continuing to work on resources to assist AANEM members in their transition to Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP), created as a result of the MACRA legislation enacted by Congress in April 2015. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released their final rule implementing the QPP, which is set to take effect on January 1, 2017.
Both CMS and the American Medical Association (AMA) have created extensive materials that are available on their websites, and will be hosting webinars.

Association of a Locus in the CAMTA1 Gene With Survival in Patients With Sporadic ALS

This study in JAMA Neurology identified two gene variants associated with decreased survival in ALS.

AANEM Effort Gains Traction in the House: Sign-On Letter Closes with 24 Signatories

AANEM advocacy efforts in Washington D.C. continue to see success. Efforts to work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish mandatory standards for EDX medicine based on the AANEM EDX Laboratory Accreditation program continue to progress, with a recent bi-partisan letter sent by several members of the U.S. House of Representatives to CMS.