Its 6th Annual Day on Capitol Hill was hosted by AANEM on May 20, 2019. A record number (18) of AANEM’s State Liaisons attended the event and met with dozens of legislative offices to educate Senators and Representatives about electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine and the contemporary challenges facing the patient and professional community.
The Liaisons’ primary “ask” of the offices was for support of AANEM’s efforts to advance quality standards for EDX medicine to both improve patient care and stop the fraud and abuse in this area. Along a similar line, the liaisons also asked the offices to support the bipartisan Strengthening the Health Care Fraud Prevention Task Force Act (H.R. 525), which passed the House and is awaiting consideration in the Senate. This important legislation would enhance public-private partnerships and facilitate additional activities to identify and eliminate fraud and abuse. Finally, they thanked the offices for providing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with a $2.0 billion funding increase for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and asked them provide the NIH with at least a $2.5 billion increase for 2020 to bring total funding up to a minimum of $41.6 billion annually. This standard investment would serve to ensure meaningful progress in a variety of research portfolios and bring benefits to patients facing serious and life-altering neuromuscular conditions.
“We’ve now been active on Capitol Hill for six consecutive years. The congressional offices are now very familiar with us and our efforts. Nearly every single office was very supportive of our cause and they were all eager to assist us in any way possible. These were some of the most productive meetings we’ve seen yet and we’re hopeful for some concrete action on this issue in the near future,” said Health Policy Director Millie Suk, JD, MPP.
We will continue to keep you informed as AANEM efforts to collaborate with CMS and Capitol Hill to promote quality standards in EDX medicine move forward.
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