AANEM News Express Related to Medicare

AANEM News Express

CMS Re-opens Hardship Exemption Applications for Meaningful Use

    10/8/2014
On October 7, CMS announced that they are re-opening and extending the
hardship exemption application deadline to November 30, 2014.  A successful application allows providers to avoid the 2015 Medicare penalties for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).  

EDX Congressional Sign-On Letter Sent to CMS

    8/12/2014
On July 31, a congressional sign-on letter was sent to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services voicing concern about the impact the 2013 Medicare reimbursement cuts to several EDX codes have had on patient access to quality care.

2015 Medicare Fee Schedule: CMS Predicts Zero Impact on EDX Physicians

    7/16/2014
On July 3, 2014, CMS issued a proposed rule updating payment policies and rates for physicians under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) in 2015.

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! 

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.

OIG Utilizes AANEM Resources in Report on Questionable Medicare Billing in EDX Medicine

    4/9/2014
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its first evaluation on electrodiagnostic (EDX) testing earlier this week. Much of its analysis was based directly upon AANEM publications. The OIG undertook this study because, “Recent investigations have found that electrodiagnostic testing is an area vulnerable to fraud, waste, and abuse.”

CMS Suspends RAC Audits

    3/26/2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a temporary suspension of its new recovery audit contractor (RAC) audits until sometime this fall.

CMS to Offer ICD-10 Testing in March

    1/29/2014
AANEM has learned that all Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will be offering real-time ICD-10 testing March 3-7, 2014.

Please Respond: Private Payer Reimbursement Survey

    9/9/2013
AANEM has been hard at work to identify strategies and develop resources to respond to the recent Medicare reimbursement cuts. We need your help to provide us with accurate and timely data.

New Claim Form Accepted Beginning January 6, 2014

    9/5/2013
A new version of the CMS 1500 claim form has been approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of Management and Budget. Medicare has indicated they will begin accepting the revised form on January 6, 2014.


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