The AANEM Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accrediation Program:
To be eligible for Accreditation with Exemplary Status all of the neurologists and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians performing studies in the laboratory must (1) complete 3 months of training in electrodiagnostic medicine as part of an ACGME or RPSC residency or fellowship program and (2) demonstrate certification by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine or the American Board of Psychiatry or Neurology's subspecialty certification in Clinical Neurophysiology or Neuromuscular Medicine. This status will be the highest level of accreditation recognized by the AANEM.
All laboratories that are not eligible for Accreditation with Exemplary Status may apply for Accreditation Status.
If at any time a laboratory and its physicians are eligible for exemplary status they may contact the AANEM office and request a reevaluation of their status.
Laboratories seeking accreditation in the AANEM's Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation Program must demonstrate a commitment to compliance with all privacy, security and electronic transaction code requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In order to demonstrate this commitment, applicant laboratories must submit a HIPAA Compliance Policy with their applications.
The AANEM has not created a model HIPAA Compliance Policy. However, there are a number of resources available online, both free and fee-based services, which may help you create a policy that is appropriate for your laboratory. The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has a comprehensive HIPAA Policy and Procedure Manual available for download on the HIPAA website, which may provide guidance when drafting a HIPAA Compliance Policy for the accreditation program.
Please be advised that the AANEM does not warrant that the policies created by the AHCA will be suitable for a laboratory’s particular purposes or comply with any local, state, and/or federal law. Before adopting a particular policy, an applicant laboratory should be reviewed by an attorney knowledgeable with federal and state privacy laws related to the use and storage of medical records.
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