Neurologists and physiatrists throughout the country awoke Jan. 1 to a dramatic cut by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in valuation of electromyogram/nerve conduction (EMG/NC) studies. Physicians who perform these studies are concerned that patients, regardless of coverage, may lose access to this critical diagnostic test.
The Texas Neurological Society (TNS) and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) need personal stories from physicians and patients demonstrating the effect of this action on patient's access to care.
"Currently, there is an advocacy effort under way that requires that you share your story," said TNS President Sara Austin, MD, of Austin. "The AAN has informed its members that CMS has asked for information on patient access-to-care problems caused by the cuts in the 2013 Medicare fee schedule. We ask that you help in this effort and share your feedback with AAN through Mike Amery at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Advocacy efforts under way in Washington cannot succeed without direct input and specific data about your personal experiences.
For the most up-to-date information on how AAN advocacy is progressing on this issue, visit the AAN website.
Action, Feb. 1, 2013