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.

April 2018: News for Leaders of The AAN

Policy & Guidelines

  • Legislative Wins
    The AAN has garnered many advocacy wins through legislative activity in Congress already in 2018. In addition to final passage of the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, a 10-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), Congress passed a FY2018 omnibus spending bill that boosted the AAN's research funding priorities:
    • $37.084 billion for the NIH, an increase of $3 billion
    • $400 million for the BRAIN Initiative, an increase of $140 million
    • $1.828 billion for Alzheimer's research, an increase of $414 million
    • $4 billion to address the opioid epidemic, including $500 million for NIH research on non-opioid treatments
  • Watch the 2018 Neurology on the Hill slideshow to see your colleagues communicating the importance of neurology and neuroscience research on Capitol Hill.
  • Opioids Position Statement
    The AAN has published a position statement on opioids and the treatment of pain. The AAN supports dedicated funding for research to understand pain, the impact of opioids on the developing and recovering brain, and the gaps in current addiction and recovery services. The AAN encourages interoperability with electronic health records and prescription monitoring programs to promote responsible prescribing. The AAN values science-based standardized resources for prescribers, pharmacists, and patients to make safe and informed medication decisions.

Executive Administration

  • President's Award
    Lisa M. Shulman, MD, FAAN, will receive the 2018 AAN President's Award from Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS, FAHA, FAAN, at the Annual Meeting. Shulman has served on the AAN Board of Directors from 2007–2017 as a member, secretary, and treasurer, as well as on numerous committees, including Legislative Affairs, Joint Finance, Long Range Planning, Health Reform Task Force, Practice Improvement, and Publications. She has also served on the American Brain Foundation's Board of Trustees since 2013. Since 2007, she has been the editor-in-chief of Neurology Now® Books. She is also a member of the Neurology Now® editorial board and been active in helping plan the annual Brain Health Fair. From 1999-2000, she served as the AAN Neurology Public Policy Fellow in Washington, DC.

Conferences & Community

  • Annual Meeting Registration
    It's not too late to register for the Annual Meeting, which is April 21–27 in Los Angeles. Online registration is still available, and the all-inclusive registration rate is your ticket to most everything the meeting has to offer. Register now.
  • AAN Business Meeting
    Mark your calendar for the AAN Business Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, April 21, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the Annual Meeting in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Academy leadership will review accomplishments on behalf of members and fiscal performance during 2017.
  • New Well-being Resource
    The National Academy of Medicine has released a new resource to reduce burnout, the Clinician Well-being Knowledge Hub. The AAN is a sponsoring organization of the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience, which developed the resource.
  • Leadership Programs
    Applications are now open for four Leadership Programs: Women Leading in Neurology, Practice Leadership, Transforming Leadership, and Emerging Leadership. Encourage your colleagues to apply by the June 4 deadline.
  • Diversity Leadership Program
    AAN member and Diversity Leadership Program graduate Michael Stitzer, MD, has been appointed to the Indian Health Services National Council of Chief Clinical Consultants. During the Leadership Program, Stitzer set the goal to work to create the position and to be appointed as the first neurologist to serve on the council. He will start the position in June while continuing his work as a general neurologist at Winslow Indian Healthcare Center in Winslow, AZ.

Tools & Resources

  • Health Services Research
    The AAN has published new research showing that neurologist care is associated with a reduction in costs for headache patients. The research is published in the journal Cephalalgia.
  • Acumen Subcommittees
    The AAN successfully nominated three members to participate on Acumen's MACRA Episode-based Cost Measure Clinical Subcommittees. Medical Economics and Management Committee members Marc Raphaelson, MD, and John Ney, MD, MPH, will continue to participate on the Neuropsychiatry Subcommittee. AAN Coding Subcommittee member J. Mark Bailey, DO, PhD, will contribute to a new subcommittee: Musculoskeletal Disease Management – Spine. These subcommittees create episode-based cost measures to assess resource use in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

Education & Research

  • ABMS Survey
    The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is conducting a survey on Continuing Board Certification as part of the Vision for the Future Commission. Please take the survey now.
  • Meeting with ABPN
    The AAN and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) held their annual leadership meeting on March 29. Among other topics, the ABPN updated AAN leaders on its MOC Part III Pilot Project, which is a professional journal article-based assessment activity designed as an optional alternative to the current secure, proctored 10-year MOC examination. A select number of eligible ABPN diplomates were emailed invitations to participate in the pilot program in December 2017. The pilot project will run for three years, from 2019 to 2021, and, if approved by the ABMS, the ABPN plans to transition diplomates into this program in 2022 as a permanent alternative to the secure MOC exam. Learn more.
  • RITE Exam
    Work is beginning to move the RITE® exam to online administration. The 2019 exam will be offered online.


  • Patient Magazine Redesign
    Brain & Life™ is the new name for the AAN's award-winning patient and caregiver magazine Neurology Now®. This free patient resource has a fresh, clean look while providing the same expert content your patients have come to rely on. The new magazine in English and Spanish will begin arriving in homes and offices April 19. The new website launches April 16 and centralizes all of the AAN's trusted resources for patients and their families into one convenient hub. Encourage your patients to read Brain & Life and access our online resources.
  • New Patient Book on Migraine
    The AAN has published a new patient education book on migraine and other headaches. Authored by William B. Young, MD, FAHS, FAAN, and Stephen D. Silberstein, MD, FACP, FAHS, FAAN, Navigating Life with Migraine and Other Headaches dispels common misperceptions about migraine and offers practical advice for patients.

Public Outreach

  • Media Coverage
    An AAN Neurology® journal press release in March on physical fitness and risk of dementia received extensive media coverage, including articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, CBS Evening News, TIME, People, CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, NBC, Medscape, and MedPage Today.