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AANEM News Express

AANEM Returns to Capitol Hill to Promote Quality EDX Testing

Pictured in Photo: AANEM State Liaisons on the Capitol Steps

On Monday, April 30, 2018, AANEM state liaisons traveled to Capitol Hill to educate senators and representatives about electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine and the contemporary challenges facing the patient and professional community. 
The group met with dozens of congressional offices, calling on their members of Congress to:
  • Support quality standards in EDX medicine.
  • Abolish the MIPS track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and replace it with a voluntary value-based program.
  • Continue providing meaningful investments in medical research, especially in the neuromuscular field, through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 
Specifically, congressional offices were asked to: 
  • Continue featuring EDX quality with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) within the Committee Reports accompanying the annual appropriations bills.
  • Support community efforts to meet with CMS to discuss models that prevent improper payments and move away from “pay and chase.” 
  • Support novel efforts to advance quality standards with CMS. 
“We’ve now been active on Capitol Hill for 5 consecutive years. The congressional offices are familiar with us and our efforts. Most of the offices were eager to assist us in any way possible,” said Millie Suk, JD, MPP, AANEM Health Policy Director. 
Some offices offered new contacts within CMS, while others suggested potential legislative solutions to the quality issues surrounding EDX medicine. 
“We will be looking into all of their suggestions. The liaisons will follow up with the legislative offices this week to keep the momentum going. Overall, it was a very encouraging day and we’re excited to see where things go from here,” said Suk. 
While in DC, a group of AANEM representatives also ventured to Baltimore, Maryland to meet with members of the Provider Compliance Group at CMS. Shirlyn Adkins, JD (AANEM Executive Director), Peter Grant, MD (AANEM Advocacy Advisor), Vince Tranchitella, MD (AANEM Advocacy Advisor), Suk, and AANEM’s Washington representatives from the Health & Medicine Counsel, Dane Christiansen and Dale Dirks, all met with CMS. The group discussed some methods CMS could use to distinguish quality EDX services from fraudulent services. 
AANEM is committed to keeping you informed as efforts to collaborate with CMS and Capitol Hill to promote quality standards in EDX medicine continue to move forward.  
Want to get involved in advocacy efforts?
If you are interested in getting involved in any of the AANEM advocacy efforts, contact the AANEM policy department at policy@aanem.org. Visit the action center on our website to learn more about how to set up a visit and talk with your legislators. 

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