AAN/NMSS Letter to Minnesota Medicine Stresses the Importance of Neurologic Care and Recruitment

January 13, 2012

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A letter in the January edition of Minnesota Medicine describes the recruitment challenges currently facing neurology and calls for the support for two pieces of legislation that aim to mitigate this issue—one offered by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Senate, and another by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) in the House of Representatives.

Co-authored by AAN Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, and Holly Anderson, the president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, the letter states both bills recognize a shortage of neurologists.

"If enacted, these bills would correct an omission in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that led to the exclusion of neurology from the list of specialties eligible for Medicare payment incentives," said Rydell and Anderson. "We commend Senators Klobuchar and Collins and Congressman Grimm for addressing elements of the problem, but much more needs to be done."

Read the full letter to the editor here.