AANEM News Express

AANEM News Express

JAMA Study: Steroid Injection Not Helpful for Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee OA is a frequent cause of pain and disability, with one of the standard treatments being IA steroid injection. This JAMA study showed no clinical benefit of 40 mg methylprednisolone acetate compared to placebo of saline with lidocaine when combined with exercise, raising doubt about the standard of care and presumed benefit of steroid injection for knee OA. 

Interesting Results Found in Study on Cervical MRIs of Asymptomatic People

Ever wonder what you would find if you did cervical MRIs on asymptomatic people? The results of this study from Japan alert us to the fact that interventional decisions made by judging degenerative changes on MRI alone can be mistake-ridden and dangerous, and that clinical decisions should be prudent, correlating MRI findings with clinical signs and symptoms. 

New Mobile-Friendly Website Based on Member Feedback Launches

We launched a completely redesigned website, check it out! It is based on feedback from AANEM members and features a mobile-friendly design to meet the needs of physicians, technologists, training program directors and coordinators, the general public, and other groups seeking more information about all aspects of caring for patients with neuromuscular (NM) disorders.

AANEM Member Helps Nepal Earthquake Victims Recover

The International Rehabilitation Forum (IRF), directed by AANEM member Andrew J. Haig, MD, is helping lead medical rehabilitation efforts after the Nepal earthquake disaster. The group is advising rehabilitation responders, providing guidance in government response planning, and raising funds to support the country’s long-term disaster recovery.

SGR Repeal Bill Sails Through Both Houses of Congress

Both the U.S. House of Representatives (393-37) and the U.S. Senate (92-8) voted overwhelmingly to pass H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act” or MACRA, repealing and replacing the sustainable growth-rate (SGR).

AANEM Launches Its Centennial Podcast

The AANEM has reached a major milestone—the recording of its centennial podcast! Nerve and Muscle Junction podcasts offer discourse on recent publications in NM and EDX medicine literature, featuring interviews with the authors and other experts. 

SGR Repeal: Update and Action Alert

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of repealing and replacing the sustainable growth-rate (SGR) on March 27 with a vote of 392-37. It was immediately sent to the Senate. Now, AANEM needs your help! 

Mobile EDX Labs Provide Substandard Patient Care

AANEM’s Professional Practice Committee released a new position statement on mobile diagnostic laboratories this week, stating, “Many mobile diagnostic lab testing companies offer substandard electrodiagnostic services.”

SGR Repeal: A Real Possibility?

Could this be the year that a permanent fix to Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment scheme finally passes? It looks like it could be.

New White Paper: ICD-10 Testing for Small Practices

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange released a white paper to advise small practices on ICD-10 testing. Does your practice have less than six physicians? You’ll want to take a look at this.