AANEM News Express Related to COVID-19

AANEM News Express

President Biden’s Initial Health Care Priorities


On Wednesday, January 20, President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. In typical presidential fashion, shortly after being sworn in, President Biden issued several executive orders, many of which related directly to health care and, more specifically, the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, as is customary, members of President Trump’s administration, 

COVID-19 Vaccine: AANEM Publishes Guidance for Patients with NMDs

At the end of 2020, with announcement of the impending approval of not one but two vaccines against COVID-19, AANEM staff faced a sudden influx of phone calls and emails from members, nonmember physicians, and even some NM patients inquiring about the safety of such vaccines for NM patients. The AANEM Quality & Patient Safety Committee quickly took up the task of researching the data available on the COVID-19 vaccines, as well as looking at the safety and efficacy of vaccines in general in this patient population.

Science News: COVID-19 and Neuromuscular Disorders

Drs. Guidon and Amato provide a timely review of the COVID-19 pandemic's potential effects on patients with neuromuscular disorders. They cover the broad spectrum of how the pandemic affected the delivery of neuromuscular care to education and research.

AANEM Assists in Creation of New Codes to Account for Additional Services During Public Health Emergency

On September 8, 2020 the American Medical Association (AMA) published an update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set that includes two new code additions for reporting medical services required by the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The two additions have been approved for immediate use.

Resources for Small Practices During COVID-19

Many states across the US are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases which has led to a renewed shortage of PPE in several geographic regions. Some areas are also continuing to struggle with a shortage of COVID-19 tests. The AANEM policy department has received several emails and messages, primarily from smaller practices, asking for advice on obtaining both PPE and access to COVID-19 tests for non-symptomatic patients prior to EDX testing. In an effort to assist these members, we’ve compiled a list of current resources and suggestions based on research and conversations with other medical groups.