AANEM News Express

AANEM News Express

2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: Proposed Rule Released

On July 8, 2015, CMS issued a
proposed rule updating payment policies, rates, and quality provisions for physicians under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) in 2016.  According to the proposed rule, CMS projects minimal impact on neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic physicians.

UPDATE: “Job Descriptions for NCS Technologists”

The AANEM Professional Practice Committee, in coordination with members of the AANEM Technologist Education Committee, recently revised AANEM’s prior position statement, “
Job Descriptions for Electrodiagnostic Technologists.”  The new version of the position statement, “Job Descriptions for NCS Technologists,” goes into much greater detail and adds many more levels of classification for technologists working in electrodiagnostic (EDX) laboratories.

The ACA Survives Legal Challenge

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived its second major legal challenge this past week when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld health insurance tax-credit subsidies for low-income Americans in every state. In the concluding paragraph of the majority’s opinion, Justice Roberts wrote, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.” 

Recap: 2015 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting

At the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) annual meeting in Chicago, important issues reviewed included: banning non-medical exemptions for immunizations, opposition to Medicare’s three-day hospital stay rule, encouraging physician involvement in the development of MOC/MOL requirements, and requesting a two-year grace period for ICD-10.

SPORT and Spine: Long-term Outcomes of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT) is a very large randomized trial with a concurrent observational cohort study that involved 13 spine centers in 11 US states. Part of the study compared the outcomes of surgery (decompressive laminectomy) with non-operative care for symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis. This study points out the possibility that surgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis may not have long-term benefit past 4 years. 

Vince Tranchitella, MD, Invites You to the AANEM 62nd Annual Meeting

It is my pleasure to invite you to the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), October 28-31, 2015, in Honolulu, HI. 

AANEM Foundation Partners with MDA to Fund Research

Research is the key to finding the cause of neuromuscular disease and identifying effective treatments. Through AANEM's new partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the AANEM Foundation has the ability to identify research projects that fit within the AANEM Foundation's mission.  

AANEM Hires Medical Lobbying Firm

At its spring meeting in early May, the AANEM Board of Directors approved the hiring of the Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington (HMCW). Current AANEM President, Vince Tranchitella, MD, explained, “AANEM leaders felt that hiring a medical lobbying firm to help us navigate the political landscape will ensure that we have input in future healthcare changes.”  

Action Alert: Ask Your U.S. Senators to Join the NIH Caucus

Key Senators would like to put the National Institutes of Health (NIH) back on a path of stable, noteworthy growth. Appropriators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) have formed an NIH Caucus in the Senate to fight for both immediate and long-term funding increases. To ensure your Senators join the NIH Caucus and work to increase NIH funding, please reach out to their offices and ask for their support.