AANEM News Express

AANEM News Express

Meeting to Focus on Emerging Technologies in Neuromuscular Medicine

    6/17/2014
New sessions at
2014 AANEM Annual Meeting reflect a larger trend in the field—encouraging specialists to think beyond EMG when diagnosing and treating patients with neuromuscular (NM) diseases. The meeting is planned for October 29-November 1, 2014, in Savannah, GA.

Comparative Billing Report on Electrodiagnostic Testing to be Released in June – Check Your Mailbox!

    6/17/2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that it will release a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on Electrodiagnostic (EDX) testing this month. The report will only go out to a sampling of a maximum of 5,000 non-hospital based EDX providers this month, so check your mail for a copy of the report! 

ABEM Certification Examination Changes Format

    6/12/2014
After careful deliberation and research, the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) Board of Directors voted to change the format of the ABEM Certification Examination at its spring meeting in Chicago, Ill.

Knowledge is Power: Educating Payers About EDX to Combat Fraud

    6/4/2014
“If your mother needed an electromyography (EMG), wouldn't you want someone who knew what they were doing to perform the test?” Ronald C. Bingham, MD, asked his audience during a presentation at a National Healthcare Antifraud Association’s (NHCAA) National Education & Training Series (NETS) meetings in Louisville, KY.

Meaningful Use Deadlines Approaching

    6/4/2014
Deadlines for Meaningful Use (MU) of electronic health records (EHRs) for 2015 incentive payments are quickly approaching. All EDX medicine physicians who are not hospital based and treat Medicare and/or Medicaid patients are required to meet MU standards of at least Stage 1 by October 1, 2014.

Clinical Interpretation and Implications of Whole-Genome Sequencing

    5/20/2014
This JAMA article raises several key concerns about the NM physician’s ability to support the costs and effort required for whole-genome sequencing.

Benson Clinical Research Fellowship

    5/7/2014
The GBS CIDP Foundation International is pleased to announce a competition for the first Benson Clinical Research Fellowship.

National Neuropathy Awareness Week

    5/7/2014
May 12-16 is National Neuropathy Awareness Week. More than 20,000,000—or 1 in 15—Americans suffer from neuropathy, and many of them do not know they have it.

AANEM Staff Join GBS CIDP for Hill Day

    5/7/2014
On May 1, Executive Director Shirlyn Adkins, JD, and Health Policy Director Millie Birr, JD, MPP, joined the GBS CIDP Foundation International on its Hill Day visits with key legislators and their staff. The group met with a total of 18 congressional offices, asking representatives to sign a letter requesting data from CMS about the 2013 NCS reimbursement cuts’ impact on patients. 

Is IVIg Therapy Warranted in Progressive Lower Motor Neuron Syndromes Without Conduction Block?

    5/6/2014
Study reports results of treatment of 31 consecutive patients with focal-onset lower motor neuron pattern limb weakness with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg). None of the patients had EDX signs of a generalized motor neuron disorder or evidence of conduction block.


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