AANEM News Express

AANEM News Express

Gender as a Modifying Factor Influencing Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 Phenotype Severity and Mortality

This study in PLOS ONE is a nationwide, multiple databases cross-sectional observational study of adult Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 patients showed that there are gender differences in the phenotype.

Long-term Safety and Efficacy of Mexiletine for Patients With Skeletal Muscle Channelopathies

Neuromuscular physicians often approach mexiletine initiation with trepidation, because the medication may lead to cardiac arrhythmias. This study in JAMA Neurology examined the data.

oVEMP as a Test for Myasthenia Gravis

This study in Neurology shows that Ocular Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (oVEMP) may be a useful test for evaluation of patients with myasthenia gravis. It offers two potential advantages compared to currently available techniques.

Open Payment Review and Dispute Period

On Friday, April 1, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the beginning of the review and dispute period for the Open Payments data publication. This review period lasts for 45 days.

TUDCA in the Treatment of ALS

This pilot study in the European Journal of Neurology showed promise for the use of TUDCA in the slowing the progression of ALS.

Serum AChR Antibody Testing is More Sensitive in OMG than Previously Reported

This retrospective review in JAMA Neurology of 223 patients diagnosed with ocular myasthenia gravis found the AChR antibody was elevated in 70% of patients in this study.

Advocacy in Washington, D.C. & Call to Action

AANEM representatives recently returned from a productive trip to Washington, D.C. where they met with several patient groups and Senate offices to advocate for a national mandate setting quality standards based on AANEM’s EDX Laboratory Accreditation program.

Comparative Billing Reports in EDX Medicine: An Analysis

Approximately 4,300 Medicare providers of electrodiagnostic (EDX) tests received comparative billing reports (CBRs) this past February. The reports are intended to give providers an opportunity to compare themselves to their peers (based on the specialty they billed Medicare most often under), check their records against data in CMS files, and review Medicare (and AANEM) guidelines to ensure compliance

Oral Steroids for Acute Radiculopathy Due to a Herniated Lumbar Disk

This clinical trial discussed in JAMA of a short course of oral steroids showed modest improvement in function among patients with acute lumbar radiculopathy due to herniated disk.

CMS Extends Attestation Deadline

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they have extended the attestation deadline for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to Friday, March 11, 2016