AANEM News Express

AANEM News Express

Science News: Neurologic Manifestations of Hospitalized Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Wuhan, China

This is a retrospective analysis of 214 patients from WUHAN, China with COVID-19, 126 patients (58.9%)non severe infection, and 88 patients (41.1%) had severe infection according to respiratory status.

Science News: COVID-19 and Neuromuscular Disorders

Drs. Guidon and Amato provide a timely review of the COVID-19 pandemic's potential effects on patients with neuromuscular disorders. They cover the broad spectrum of how the pandemic affected the delivery of neuromuscular care to education and research.

ALS Patients Find Hope in New Study Authored by AANEM Members

There is some hope on the horizon for patients diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  More than a dozen members of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) were authors on a study announcing the results showing promise in the fight against ALS that appeared in AANEM’s journal Muscle & Nerve.

Science News: ASC-1 is a Cell Cycle Regulator Associated With Severe and Mild Forms of Myopathy

Dysfunction of the transcriptional coactivator ASC-1 (activating signal cointegrator 1) complex has been demonstrated in forms of ALS, SMA, and congenital myopathies. Mutations in TRIP4 gene, which encodes ASC-1, has been described recently in a family with congenital myopathy.

More than 1,660 People Attend the AANEM 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

A record-breaking 1,666 people attended the 67th American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting, which took place from October 7-10, 2020. For the first time, the AANEM Annual Meeting was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changes to Office Visit Evaluation and Management Codes Coming in 2021: Your Questions Answered

In 2019, the CPT Editorial Panel approved changes that will significantly impact office and outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) codes.  These changes will only affect CPT codes 99202-99215 and will go into effect January 1, 2021.

AANEM Comments on 2021 Proposed Update to Physician Fee Schedule & QPP

AANEM staff, with input from the Professional Practice and Quality & Patient Safety Committee members, drafted and submitted a 13-page, detailed comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 29 regarding its proposed rule changes to Medicare’s Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that addressed issues of importance to our membership. 

Updated: AANEM Position Statement –Establishing Standards for Acceptable Waveforms in Nerve Conduction Studies

An updated version of AANEM’s position statement, “Establishing Standards for Acceptable Waveforms in Nerve Conduction Studies,” was published in the October 2020 edition of Muscle & Nerve.

Science News: A Model to Study Myelinated Fiber Degeneration and Regeneration in Human Skin

The authors sought to describe changes with degeneration and regeneration of large myelinated fibers and Meissner corpuscles (MC) in a cohort of patients with median nerve compression at the wrist, pre and post surgery.

AANEM 2020 Bylaws Revision Passes

The AANEM 2020 Bylaws Revision passed with a vote of 711 to 8.