AANEM News Express

AANEM News Express

Science News: Free-Living Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Autoimmune Myasthenia Gravis: A Cross-Sectional Study

Physical activity in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) can be limited due to fatigability and undertreated disease. However, patients with well controlled disease are recommended to participate in routine daily exercise to reduce risk of life-style related conditions. This prospective cross-sectional study looked at physical activity patterns of women with MG. 

2022 AANEM Annual Meeting: Funds Available for Physicians from Economically Developing Countries to Attend

The American Neuromuscular Foundation (ANF) offers International Scholarship opportunities  for up to five physicians from economically developing countries to attend the 2022 AANEM Annual Meeting to be held September 21-24, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, those who submit an abstract/application, but do not receive an ANF International Scholarship are automatically considered for travel scholarships offered through the North American Chapter of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN). The IFCN distributes up to 15 scholarships.

Science News: European Academy of Neurology/Peripheral Nerve Society Guideline on Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy: Report of a Joint Task Force-Second Revision

CIDP diagnosis is based on clinical, electrophysiological and other laboratory investigations. The EFNS/PNS diagnostic criteria (2010) for CIDP has been found to have high sensitivity and specificity. The second revision has been recently published with goal in improving diagnostic accuracy and treatment outcome.

Significant Pay Cuts Averted for 2022

In response to a large, concerted effort on the part of many physician groups, including AANEM, Congress took action at the very end of 2021 to avoid an impending nearly 10% cut to Medicare payments that would have gone into effect January 1, 2022.

On December 21, 2021, Congress passed the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act which avoided a 4% statutory cut from the PAYGO (Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010) provisions, extended the moratorium on the 2% Medicare payment sequester, and mitigated the significant 3.75% reduction in the Medicare conversion factor.

AANEM State Liaisons – Virtual Visits to Capitol Hill

AANEM returned to Washington, D.C. virtually for its 8th Annual Day on Capitol Hill in November. AANEM State Liaisons met with key legislative offices throughout the month of November to educate Senators and Representatives about electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine and the current challenges facing the patient and professional community. 

The Liaisons’ primary “ask” of the offices was for support of AANEM’s continued efforts to advance quality standards for EDX medicine to both improve patient care and stop fraud and abuse in this area. Nearly every office was very supportive of this cause and seem poised to take actionable steps in support of the effort in the new year.

Science News: Clinical Features and Treatment Response in Immune-Mediated Small Fiber Neuropathy with Trisulfated Heparin Disaccharide or Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 3 Antibodies

The objective of the article was to describe clinical features and treatment responses in cryptogenic small fiber neuropathy (SFN) cases harboring novel antibodies to trisulfated heparin disaccharide (TS-HDS) and fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR-3).

Science News: Critical Illness Polyneuropathy, Myopathy and Neuronal Biomarkers in COVID-19 Patients: A Prospective Study

This article determines the risk factors for developing critical illness neuropathy (CIN) and/or myopathy (CIM) in 111 COVID patients admitted to an ICU in Sweden, as well as differences between COVID and non-COVID patients with ICU weakness.

AANEM Attends AMA House of Delegates Meeting

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) convened virtually once again in mid-November for its Interim Meeting. The meeting ran for 4.5 days, in addition to virtual caucus meetings throughout the 2 weeks leading up to it. The meeting covered a wide range of important, timely topics currently affecting health care in the United States.

Science News: Diagnostic Utility of Gold Coast Criteria in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Existing diagnostic criteria for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) such as El Escorial criteria (rEEC) and Awaji criteria have certain limitations, particularly for early disease or atypical presentations of ALS. A new diagnostic criterion has been proposed, with the goal of making it simpler to implement and include atypical presentations.

Science News: Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Misdiagnosed as a Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy: An International Multicentric Retrospective Study

Charcot–Marie–Tooth (CMT) disease, a common hereditary polyneuropathy, has no treatment besides symptomatic relief. Authors performed a large retrospective study in 16 university hospitals in three European countries (France, Belgium, and Switzerland). Among 1,104 chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) cases, there were 35 CMT patients (3.2%) misdiagnosed as CIDP.