Pressure on CMS to Revisit Cuts to Electrodiagnostic Services

December 11, 2012

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Members of Congress are joining the AAN and others to oppose the drastic reductions to nerve conduction studies and needle EMG services given with short notice by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2013. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) are circulating a letter to their colleagues to get additional members to sign on to a letter to CMS on the cuts and the lack of notice. Read Dear Colleague letter.

If you have not done so already, please email your Representative to ask him or her to sign onto the “Roskam/Ruppersberger Dear Colleague” – the deadline for signatures is December 14, 2012. This letter’s impact will be heightened by maximizing the number of signatures included; please make sure your Representative is aware of this opportunity.

In addition to this effort, over 140 organizations, including the AAN, have sent a letter to Congressional leaders to highlight the impact the cuts to electrodiagnostic tests are likely to have on patients. Read Coalition Letter.

Finally, if you haven’t already, there’s still time to submit comments to CMS about the impact these cuts will have on you and your patients. It is important to put your comments on the record since there was no opportunity to do this before the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule was finalized. Learn How to Submit Comments to CMS.