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Legislative Issues

Stay up to date on public policy issues to find out how changes in the law are affecting neurologists, and how the AAN is advocating for members. View the AAN Legislative Hot Sheet to see what bills are being tracked by AAN staff around the country.

Better Stroke Care and Prevention
The Academy is committed to improving quality and access to stroke care across the country. Read here for more information on the latest advocacy efforts and what you can do to help.

Ensuring Coverage and Access to AEDs
Prescribing decisions on the use of anti-epilepsy drugs (AEDs) should always remain in the hands of physicians and their patients.

Health Care Reform and Medicare Reimbursement

Physician reimbursement under Medicare is set by the flawed SGR formula, which has not kept pace with practice costs since 2001.

Liability Reform
Rising liability-insurance costs continue to plague physicians, restricting access to the care patients need. The Academy recommends several common-sense reform measures.

Mandatory Reporting: Seizures and Driving
As policymakers decide whether to support mandatory reporting of driving-related medical conditions, the Academy explains why optional reporting is better.

Needle EMG is the Practice of Medicine
Only physicians should perform needle electromyography (EMG), a diagnostic exam that tells apart conditions ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to ALS.

Neuroimaging: Access to Better Care
Enhanced training, accreditation and experience combined with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools make today's neuroimagers essential to the future of neurological care.

NIH: Supporting Research
Expanding support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will accelerate the discovery and delivery of new treatments for neurological diseases.

Sports Concussion
Concussion is a common consequence of trauma to the head in contact sports, estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to occur three million times in the United States each year.

Stem Cell Research - Why the Academy Endorses It
The American Academy of Neurology supports both adult and embryonic stem cell research to advance our understanding and ability to treat serious neurological conditions.

Traumatic Brain Injury and its Impact on America's Veterans
The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have ushered in an epidemic of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic epilepsy among combat veterans.

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