AANEM News Express Related to Policy

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, 

Changes to Office Visit Evaluation and Management Codes Coming in 2021: Your Questions Answered

In 2019, the CPT Editorial Panel approved changes that will significantly impact office and outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) codes.  These changes will only affect CPT codes 99202-99215 and will go into effect January 1, 2021.

AANEM Comments on 2021 Proposed Update to Physician Fee Schedule & QPP

AANEM staff, with input from the Professional Practice and Quality & Patient Safety Committee members, drafted and submitted a 13-page, detailed comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 29 regarding its proposed rule changes to Medicare’s Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that addressed issues of importance to our membership. 

Updated: AANEM Position Statement –Establishing Standards for Acceptable Waveforms in Nerve Conduction Studies

An updated version of AANEM’s position statement, “Establishing Standards for Acceptable Waveforms in Nerve Conduction Studies,” was published in the October 2020 edition of Muscle & Nerve.

CMS Releases Proposed Updates to Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program

On August 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a 
proposed rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Payment Schedule effective on or after January 1, 2021.

Give Your Input About Medicare’s Quality Reimbursement Programs

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a “Request for Information” (RFI) regarding the implementation of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs) under the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act” (MACRA), which was passed back in April to replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula used to calculate Medicare payments to physicians. AANEM will be submitting its comments by the November 17, 2015 deadline, but individuals are also allowed to submit comments.