AANEM News Express

AANEM News Express

Positive Effects of Bisphosphonates on Bone and Muscle in a Mouse Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

This study in Neuromuscular Disorders supports a possible beneficial effect of pamidronate on bone and muscle health in the Mdx mouse.

Recap: 2016 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting

At the annual American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) meeting in June, the HOD reviewed issues including effectively addressing the current opioid crisis, encouraging Congress to fund research into gun violence, establishing extensive policy to address lead contamination in the water in Flint, MI, and across the nation, and addressing the potential implications of insurance mergers. 

Recognition and Management of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in Children

This retrospective study in PediatricNeurology points out the importance of early imaging in pediatric patients who present with acute flaccid myelitis, and confirms the poor prognosis of return to complete function of an affected limb with acute flaccid myelitis. 

The NorthStar Ambulatory Assessment in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Considerations for the Design of Clinical Trials

This study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry and Annals of Neurology helps quantify the motor gains expected of boys with DMD undergoing both early and late glucocorticoid therapy and can serve as a gauge for the standard of care and declines experienced by ambulatory boys with DMD using the NSAA tool. 

AANEM’s 3rd Annual Day on Capitol Hill

AANEM hosted its third annual “Day on Capitol Hill” in Washington D.C. on May 23. AANEM Health Policy Director Millie Suk, JD, MPP, and AANEM’s Washington representatives from the Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington (HMCW) led sixteen members of AANEM’s State Liaison program to meetings with their respective legislators and legislative staff. The group met with over 50 congressional offices. 

Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

Faculty experts at LSU Health New Orleans schools of Medicine and Public Health, along with Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, plan to share the latest information about the Zika Virus and what people need to know at an event on Monday, May 23, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. As a service to the Health Sciences Center and medical communities outside of New Orleans, the event will be streamed live online and then posted afterwards.

Neurofilament Levels as Biomarkers for ALS

These studies in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry and Annals of Neurology investigate the use of neurofilament levels as biomarkers for motor neuron disease.
Submitted by David Haustein, MD, and Andrew Tarulli, MD, News Science Editorial Board

MACRA: What Does It Mean for Small Practices?

The proposed rule is just 3 weeks old, and analysts are still trying to determine exactly how the new payment system will affect physicians, but one section in the 962-page MACRA proposal set off alarm bells across the healthcare field: the projected impact on small practices. 

CMS Releases Proposed Rule in Overhaul of Physician Payment Policies

On Wednesday, April 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed rule implementing key provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the piece of legislation passed by Congress last year replacing the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment formula. MACRA represents a complete overhaul of the structure of physician payments by Medicare.