Leadership Update - August 2017
- Medicare Fee Schedule
We’ve been working hard for our members to reduce the many regulatory hassles you face each day—and it’s paying off! As a result of the AAN’s strong relationship with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and our continued meetings, comment letters, and advocacy efforts over the past year, CMS has proposed several Medicare changes that will reduce the number of regulatory hassles impacting neurologists. The proposed 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule includes these beneficial changes:
- A stable impact in overall Medicare spending projected for neurology
- Reduced reporting requirements and penalties under CMS quality programs
- An opportunity to provide ideas to reduce red tape and complexity in Medicare
- Input on changes to reform E/M documentation guidelines and reduce burdens
- Neurology Compensation and Productivity Report
The AAN’s 2017 Neurology Compensation and Productivity Report and customizable dashboard is now available. The report provides insightful practice data from surveys of more than 1,300 neurologists. Members who participated in the 2017 survey will receive free access to the downloadable report and customizable results dashboard. The report is available for purchase for those who did not participate in the survey.
- Practice Management Questions
Members can now get answers within one business day to questions about practice management topics such as CPT or ICD-10 codes, payer issues, health information technology, or other practice topics by emailing email@example.com.
- FAST Act Testimony
AAN Board member Brett Kissela, MD, FAAN, MS, testified on July 20 in support of the FAST Act to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee. Watch his testimony. Read Kissela’s impressions of testifying on behalf of the AAN.
Research & Awards
- AAN Research Program
If you know someone in need of time or funding for their research, please encourage them to apply for the ambitious 2018 AAN Research Program, offering 19 opportunities ranging from $130,000 to $450,000 and designed for all types of research across all career levels and discovery stages. Applications are now available for five new awards and 14 other disease-specific and non-disease-specific opportunities. The application deadline is October 1.
- BRAIN Initiative Meeting
AAN Science Committee Chair Natalia Sana Rost, MD, MPH, FAAN, and Science Committee members met with representatives from the BRAIN Initiative to discuss mutually beneficial collaborations in research. The Brain Initiative is a public-private collaboration developed by the White House in 2013 to support the development and application of innovative technologies that can create a dynamic understanding of brain function.
- NeuroLearn: Lumbosacral Plexus
A new online learning course on the lumbosacral plexus is now available. The new NeuroLearn course offers 3 CME credits and shows participants how to accurately diagnose a mononeuropathy (e.g. fibular neuropathy), lumbosacral plexopathy, or radiculopathy on the basis of a bedside clinical examination rather than relying on electrodiagnostic or imaging studies. Learn more.
- Canadian Accreditation
Beginning with the Tenth Edition available later this month, NeuroSAE is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, University of Calgary.
- Sports Concussion Conference
The July Sports Concussion Conference was well received by attendees who came together to learn about and share expertise on the latest prevention, diagnosis, and treatment developments. The AAN issued three press releases on abstracts presented at the conference, garnering national coverage in publications like the Huffington Post, Business Insider, and HealthDay, as well as attracting local coverage by First Coast News, the ABC and NBC television affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla.
- 2017 Fall Conference
The AAN Fall Conference is set to take place October 20 through 22 in Las Vegas and will once again offer a year-end opportunity for attendees to learn the latest clinical advances in neurology and earn 15.75 CME. The conference will offer eight Neurology Update courses covering a wide range of disorders, six Practice Management programs, a Continuum®: Test Your Knowledge: A Multiple-choice Question Review course, a Maintenance of Certification Session, Leadership University: Leadership Challenges in Practice, and a Neuro-ophthalmology/Neuro-otology Skills Workshop.
- 2018 Annual Meeting
The AAN Annual Meeting is gearing up to steal the spotlight next April 21 through 27 in Los Angeles. Sign up to be notified when registration goes live this fall.
- Neurology Today AwardNeurology Today® won an Award of Excellence in health/writing from APEX for the story, “Lead Crisis in Flint Exposes Continuing Risk to Children Nationwide: What Neurologists Should Know and What They Can Do About It.” APEX awards recognize excellence in graphic design and editorial content and are judged by a panel of publishing professionals and editors.
- Neurology Now Award
Neurology Now® won a Clarion award in the category of magazine feature article for an external publication with a circulation between 100,000 and 500,000 – lifestyle, for the article, “Going on Record: Patients have a right to their medical records but often don't know how to access them. Electronic systems and a concept known as open notes are changing that.” The Clarion awards are sponsored by the Association of Women in Communications, and are judged by a panel of journalists and journalism professors, as well as marketing and communications professionals.
- Media Coverage
The July 5 press release, Sleep Problems May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer’s, received coverage from a large number of media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, TIME, U.S. News and World Report, ABC Online, HealthDay, Medscape, and MedPage Today.