History and Accomplishments
Much has been accomplished in 2009 and much will
be expected from our members in 2010. Here is a short overview of past as well as current accomplishments of the society.
ACMEGS was founded in the Spring of 2006 as a non-profit corporation by clinicians using magnetoencephalography in
patient care. The society is a 501c(6) organization which allows us to educate private individuals and United States
government policymakers about MEG reimbursement issues and appropriate patient care standards.
Currently, the ACMEGS
has members from more than 20 clinical MEG sites across the country. Our society complements other professional societies
like the American Epilepsy Society (AES), American Academy of Neurology (AAN), American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS),
as well as international organizations like the International Society for the Advancement of Clinical MEG (ISACM).
No one questions that the healthcare environment is rapidly changing and these
changes are being accelerated at an even greater pace due to the healthcare reform. The ACMEGS goal is to make the membership
valuable not just from an educational standpoint, but also from a monetary perspective. Here are only a few highlights
from a detailed recount of the Society’s accomplishments:
- The ACMEGS has been continuously working
on improving the MEG coverage and reimbursement with the CMS and commercial payers. This is vital for our individual and collective
- In 2009, the ACMEGS obtained a MEG specific revenue code for MEG effective April 1, 2010. Consequently,
the CMS will better capture the true costs of MEG and determine an appropriate reimbursement rate. All of us will benefit
directly from this cardinal accomplishment.
- The ACMEGS successfully directly negotiated MEG coverage with a number
of large commercial insurance carriers representing approximately 60 million covered lives. Just a fraction of single
appropriately reimbursed MEG study will pay for your annual center membership in the ACMEGS.
ACMEGS represents a united voice for clinical MEG and maintains a national focus on clinical practice guidelines, government
regulation, and third party reimbursement. Our Practice Guidelines Committee is finalizing true clinical practice guidelines
that will be the first of its kind in the world. All clinicians have the full appreciation of the importance of this
- The ACMEGS sponsors an annual society meeting covering scientific and economic aspects of clinical MEG
services in the United States. In 2010 we will have a joint meeting with the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society