April 25, 2016

Annual Meeting Attendees Talk Politics, Support BrainPAC

By Mike Amery, Esq., Senior Legislative Counsel, Federal Affairs

 One of the best weeks of the year for me is when I attend the AAN's Annual Meeting. I was in beautiful Vancouver, BC, last week talking with AAN members from across the US and the world.

One of the highlights of the event was the program “Policy, Politics, and Presidential Polls” I Talk that brought out a big crowd. Derek Brandt of our DC staff and I talked about issues the AAN is pursuing on Capitol Hill and attendees used voting devices record their choices on a number of questions including top issues and their preference on presidential candidates. For those interested, total votes for Democrats (Clinton or Sanders) beat Republican candidates (Trump/Cruz/Kasich) 55 percent to 45 percent.

When I wasn't moderating issue and advocacy discussions, I hung out at the BrainPAC booth talking politics.  Of course the biggest issue was “Who is going to win the presidential election?” and I heard from supporters of every candidate. Rest assured, the AAN is staying neutral on this one! For those keeping track, 300 AAN members contributed more than $80,000 to BrainPAC at the Annual Meeting, which again broke records.

For those of you who were there, I look forward to seeing you next year in Boston when we can talk about the new administration of President (insert winner here).

Complete Your Neurology Compensation and Productivity Survey by April 30

By Elizabeth Bradshaw, MBA, Program Manager, Medical Economics 

The deadline is fast approaching to participate in the 4th annual Neurology Compensation and Productivity Survey and you won't want to miss the opportunity to receive free access to the report and customizable results dashboard, valued at $600. Hundreds of your colleagues already have participated and will soon have the ability to compare themselves to their peers by subspecialty, geographic region, practice type, and more. Complete the survey by April 30 to secure free access to this valuable data which becomes available in July. 

Video Helps You Understand MACRA

By Katie Shepard, Director, Medical Economics

The AAN released the first video in a series designed to educate AAN members about how the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will change the way US physicians are paid under Medicare starting in 2019-based in 2017 reporting data. The video series provides members with a high level overview of the legislation and begins to break down the two payment pathways that were created by MACRA: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). 

Participate in CMS Open Payments Review and Dispute Period

By Daniel Spirn, Regulatory Counsel and Brandon Magliocco, MS, Health Policy Data Analyst 

CMS recently announced the beginning of the Open Payments Review and Dispute period for physicians and teaching hospitals, which will close on May 15, 2016. In order to review the data, physicians must be registered in the Open Payments system. The review and dispute period allows physicians and teaching hospitals to see the data that will be associated with them, and to dispute any errors so that they can be corrected prior to the June 30 update. In order to view the Open Payments data, registered physicians must access the Open Payments section within the CMS Enterprise Portal and follow the guide provided by CMS.

For those who are not registered, the process takes approximately 30 minutes. First, register in the CMS Enterprise Identity Management System (EIDM), and then register in the Open Payments System, which is accessible via the EIDM. Those who registered last year are not required to register again. However, accounts are deactivated if it has been over 180 days since the last login to the EIDM. In this circumstance, contact the CMS Help Desk to reactivate the account.

The CMS Help Desk can be reached at openpayments@cms.hhs.gov or (855) 326-8366, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET.