The Annual Meeting is complex and at times hectic. The complexity arises in response to the diverse needs of the attendees. There are a number of events that are free and offer opportunities not available in the traditional courses and scientific presentations. You may learn something valuable and certainly enjoy the event. Here are a few suggestions:
Wednesday, April 25, 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Join 10 experts in their fields as they discuss five of today's most controversial topics in neuroscience. Using the debate format, two speakers will take questions and answers—and challenge each other's knowledge—in these topics: ALS (Pacer/TROPHOS trials); stenting vs. surgery (CREST trial); CSF and Alzheimer's disease biomarkers; autism/Tourette's therapy; and how much child neurology training does an adult neurologist need? (Free)
Monday, April 23, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
This session will address the new Institute of Medicine report on the public health dimensions of epilepsy with a focus on four areas: public health surveillance and data collection and integration; population and public health research; health policy, health care, and human services; and patient, provider, and public education. (Free)
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Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Interact with medical directors at WellPoint and other large insurers as they explain their processes for developing policy. Gain insight into how coverage decisions are made based on medical necessity, learn how claims are paid—or why they are denied—and collect useful tips for reducing hassles with insurers. (Free)
April 22, 23, and 25, 6:30 a.m.–7:30 a.m.
Wake up your mind and body before a day filled with the latest breaking science and the best education. Attendance is free, but space is limited at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Yoga mats will be provided.
Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Learn about the key changes that neurologists need to prepare for in the areas of quality, health information technology, payment system reform, and practice structure. Explore how these transitions present new opportunities for individual physicians to play an active role in improving the practice of medicine. (Free)
• Leading Others: Sunday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
• Leading in a Complex World—The Power of Authenticity: Monday, April 23, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Whether you want to be a mentor or an advocate, to guide or inspire others, these programs will help you recognize and cultivate your skills to be an effective leader. (Register in advance)
Monday, April 23, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Experience how the AAN helps your practice meet the challenges of today's changing health care environment so you can provide the best possible care for your patients. Get information for preparing for the upcoming ICD–10 implementation and successfully appealing claims denials. Test your knowledge of evidence–based medicine; learn how to successfully implement guidelines, measures, and safety into your practice; and discover the proper resources to measure health outcomes from the patient perspective. (Free)
Monday, April 23, 2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Prepare yourself to qualify for federally mandated changes with electronic health records, including an in–depth look at how to report and qualify for the Meaningful Use incentive payment. Learn about best practices to incorporate technology into your practice, including patient engagement and social media, EHR templates, neuro applications and tablets, and voice recognition. Interact with the presenters and colleagues who have successfully earned the incentives. (Free)
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. CT
Attendees—and non–attendees—who are job hunting or hiring should participate in the Online Job Fair, offered at www.aan. com/careers. Other Neurology Career Center events will take place in the Exhibit Hall and The Experience, the exclusive residents and fellows lounge for AAN Junior members.
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
Support research in neurology and join us for a 5k run or one–mile walk. Occasional or seasoned runners and walkers will enjoy this beautiful trek and support a good cause. The registration fee is only $25 and all proceeds support Clinical Research Training Fellowships in neurology.
Sunday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Understand how modern technology can improve patient safety and learn practice solutions you can implement immediately. These solutions include accessible technologies to improve safety, workflow and efficiency, and electronic communication between provider and patient as well as provider–to–provider. (Free)
Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.
The AAN Sports Neurology Section, in conjunction with the United States Tennis Association, will provide free morning cardio tennis events at the Hilton Health Club to help promote the health benefits of tennis and raise awareness of the sport.
New Orleans is a great city known for its history, music, and restaurants. Take some time to walk around and enjoy what the city has to offer.
I welcome all of you to the Annual Meeting. Many physicians and staff have worked over the past year to provide an outstanding program. Each year innovative changes are incorporated into that program. Any suggestions are welcome.
Bruce Sigsbee, MD, FAAN