Public Policy Resources

Discover professional resources about public policy and health care reform, and review how the AAN advocates for neurologists on Capitol Hill.

What is Neurology?

A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating, and managing disorders of the brain and the nervous system such as: Stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Migraine/headache, Epilepsy, Traumatic brain injury (TBI), Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Almost all neurologic conditions can be treated, but few are curable or preventable. Most require highly skilled long-term management to maximize the quality of life of patients and their families.

Neurologists have specialized training to provide cognitive care, in contrast to care focused on procedures. Cognitive care is thought of as higher level of evaluation and management services needed to diagnose and manage complex and usually chronic conditions.

AAN Priority Advocacy Issues

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We know that health care policies would look much different if there were more health care providers at the policy table and representing our patients.

Representative Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA)