Saturday, March 6, 2010

Neurologists Go To Capitol Hill To Push For Health Care Reform


Members hope to educate lawmakers about the need for health care reform changes that consider neurologists and the patients they treat, including people with Alzheimer's disease.....
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is hosting its 8th Annual Neurology on the Hill March 8–9, 2010. The event will bring more than 100 member neurologists from a record 40 states to Washington, DC, to meet with their representation in Congress.

The goal of Neurology on the Hill is simple: to inform key lawmakers on priority issues that affect neurologists and the patients they treat. Since its inception in 2003, over 400 AAN members have participated in Neurology on the Hill. Past events have led to remarkable successes such as the creation of the Epilepsy Centers for Excellence and the opportunity for AAN President-Elect Bruce Sigsbee, MD, FAAN, to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee regarding health care quality and cost control. In 2010 the Academy's priorities will be health care reform and Medicare reimbursement.

Members hope to educate lawmakers about the need for health care reform changes that consider neurologists and the patients they treat, including people with Alzheimer's disease, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, migraine, concussion and autism.

The Academy supports legislation to stop the cut to Medicare physician reimbursement by replacing the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula with one based on the Medical Economic Index, which measures annual practice cost increases, as has been advised by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Paying physicians according to the actual costs associated with treating patients is necessary to maintain consistent access to providers. As broader health reform proposals are considered, the Academy also supports efforts to recognize neurologists as the principal care providers for complex neurologic conditions.

For a list of this year's attendees -- go here.

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