Read monthly updates from Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of the AAN and AAN Institute, to learn how the Academy works to meet its mission to promote the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care and enhance member career satisfaction.


Public Policy

  • Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
    The AAN's regulatory advocacy efforts resulted in big wins for neurology in the final 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule. In the rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency reduced penalties and reporting requirements for several Medicare programs. Many of these changes were recommended to CMS by the AAN.
  • Virginia Election
    AAN member and child neurologist Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, MD, was elected to be the next governor of Virginia. Northam has been an AAN member since 1990 and will soon serve in the highest elected office ever held by a neurologist.  


  • Quality Payment Program Final Rule
    CMS released the MACRA/Quality Payment Program final rule for the 2018 performance period. Review the AAN's summary of the key changes to the program. 


  • New Career Essentials Conference
    Spread the word about the new Career Essentials Conference, designed for early career members and anyone looking to brush up on key skills for success-from communication and negotiation strategies to business basics, practice tips and resources, and even advice and strategies for personal well-being and life-work balance. The family-friendly conference will be held in Orlando, FL, January 13-15, co-located with the Breakthroughs in Neurology conference.
  • Annual Meeting Registration 
    Registration is now open for the 70th AAN Annual Meeting, April 21-27, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA. 
  • Abstract Submissions
    A record number of abstracts-3,821-were submitted for the 2018 Annual Meeting. Emerging Science abstract submission will open in mid-November. 
  • Fall Conference
    The Fall Conference in Las Vegas in October broke attendance records, with more than 750 attendees. 
  • Las Vegas Donation
    The AAN made a donation of $5,000 to the Las Vegas Victims Fund after the horrific shooting in October, in honor of the community that has hosted the AAN Fall Conference for the past five years. Also, leadership held a breakfast with Nevada neurologists to express the Academy's concern and thanks.  

Leadership Programs

  • Women Leading in Neurology Program 
    The Women Leading in Neurology program launched in October. The intensive seven-month program is designed by female leaders in neurology for women in neurology. Participants are:
    • Uzma Ali, MD, MBBS, Kingwood, TX
    • Jacqueline Bernard, MD, FAAN, Portland, OR
    • Susana M. Bowling, MD, Stow, OH
    • Kathleen Burger, DO, Washington, DC
    • Latha Ganti, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP, Orlando, FL
    • Amy Hessler, DO, Lexington, KY
    • Joohi Jimenez Shahed, MD, Houston, TX
    • Jin Li, MD, PhD, FAAN, Hawthorne, NY
    • Irene Malaty, MD, Gainesville, FL
    • Renee M. Pazdan, MD, FAAN, Colorado Springs, CO
    • Jacinda B. Sampson, MD, PhD, Fremont, CA
  • Emerging Leaders Program 
    The updated Emerging Leaders Program launched in October. This intensive program is now shortened and accommodates a larger number of participants (16). The participants will be working on two AAN projects determined by the chairs of the following committees: Practice, Education, Government Relations, Member Engagement, and Science. The topics are 1) How can the AAN generate innovative and meaningful volunteer opportunities for its members? and 2) How can the AAN better communicate among committees and integrate its many ongoing activities? The two groups will present their findings at AAN 101 at the Annual Meeting. 


  • Guideline on Testing of Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials
    The AAN published a new practice guideline, “Cervical and Ocular Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential Testing,” in Neurology® online on November 1, 2017, and in the November 28 print issue. The guideline says there is weak evidence that VEMP testing may help diagnose superior canal dehiscence syndrome, or SCDS. The evidence comes from studies that indicated that, with VEMP testing, SCDS is possibly distinguishable from controls.

Public Outreach

  • Neuro Film Festival
    Videos are now being accepted for the 2018 Neuro Film Festival. You can submit an entry and encourage your patients to tell their stories as well. Learn more.
  • Social Media Update
    In September and October, the AAN Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts promoted World Heart Day, World Mental Health Day, World Alzheimer's Day, International Ataxia Awareness Day, and an Opioid Aware Twitter chat. The social media posts generated over 10,000 impressions.