Academy members representing 34 different states gathered in our nation's capitol this past week to urge Congress to act on issues important to their patients, as the seventh annual Neurology on the Hill (NOH) took place in Washington DC. Many of them visiting Capitol Hill for the first time, this year's attendees took time out from their busy schedules to learn about the Academy's legislative priorities before meeting directly with their members of Congress and/or their staff.
Attendees were asked to help educate Congress on the role of a neurologist in the health care system, as well as the Academy's commitment to quality. Congress was urged to recognize the critical role of neurologist when reforming health care. The Academy supports health reform proposals that address the unique needs of patients with severe, progressive, or chronic diseases and conditions that require extensive and time-consuming counseling and coordination of care including patient education, family counseling, and coordination with social service, mental health professionals, physical and occupational therapists, and home health providers.
Advocacy Resources for this Issue
The Health Care Reform and Medicare Reimbursement page on AAN.com contains valuable resources and documents to help neurologists work with their legislators. Materials Availble to Academy members include:
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