Academy Continues Efforts to Preserve Availability of NCS

December 7, 2012

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The AAN is concerned about the limitations on patient access to nerve conduction studies (NCS) and EMG that could arise from the enormous pay cuts coming in January 2013. As part of its ongoing efforts to ensure these tests will be available to patients, the AAN has coordinated the following efforts:

    • The AAN met with CMS on November 28
    • More than 130 members have already sent comment letters to CMS
    • AAN staff are meeting with congressional offices
    • Due to our strong advocacy efforts, Reps. Roskam (R-IL) and Ruppersberger (D-MD) are circulating a Dear Colleague letter to their peers in effort to gain signatories for a letter to CMS opposing the short notice given to affected physicians
    • More than 700 members have contacted Congress in support for a letter for Congress to send to CMS
    • Patient groups are offering support
    • The AAN is collaborating with the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the American Academy of Physician Medicine and Rehabilitation on many of these efforts
    • Dozens of organizations, including the AAN, have signed on to a letter to Congress detailing the impact of these cuts on patients with neurologic disease
    • Several articles have appeared in the news media, including the Boston Globe
    • A December 4 webinar explaining the new coding structure and how members can advocate attracted more than 800 participants; listen to the webinar recording