Catherine M. Rydell, Executive Director & CEO
Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology® has been accepted into MEDLINE by the National Library of Medicine. Inclusion makes Continuum widely discoverable to researchers throughout the world. Citations from the Continuum® articles, the indexing terms, and the English abstract printed in the publication will be included and searchable using PubMed.
Wolters Kluwer Health and the AAN announced on August 13 the signing of an agreement to renew their partnership through 2020 to publish five AAN publications: Neurology®, Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology, Neurology Today®, Neurology Now®, and Neurology® Clinical Practice.
The Neurology Podcasts celebrated 2 million downloads at the end of July. The 20–minute podcasts, under the leadership of Podcast Editor Ted Burns, MD, are posted weekly. Listeners can earn 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits™ for each weekly podcast at no cost while they exercise or commute.
Member involvement in advocacy efforts is up this year. Compared to a year ago, there are 15 percent more unique BrainPAC donors, eight percent more dollars raised for BrainPAC, and four percent more neurologists contacting their members of Congress about issues critical to neurology.
Government Relations Committee Chair Elaine C. Jones, MD, FAAN, recently volunteered for a week of charity health care work at a spinal cord unit in a hospital in Port–au–Prince, Haiti, through Operation Blessing, an AAN–endorsed program. Read about her experience and the need for more neurology volunteers in the August 6 Capitol Hill Report.
The AAN has finalized a contract with CECity, a CMS–qualified registry, to provide members with a way to report on those PQRS measures that are reportable only via a registry. The website will launch this month with all measures groups available to members; individual measures will be added at a later date. AAN staff will coordinate with CECity to host a webinar for members providing an overview of how to report using the PQRIwizard.
The AAN member public comment period on the AAN Quality Strategy is open until August 24, 2012. The strategy is designed to align AAN quality improvement activities (guidelines, measures, and safety initiatives) with the National Quality Strategy established by Congress in April 2012. Please urge all AAN members tocomment.
The Medical Economics & Management (MEM) Committee has hosted seven Practice Management webinars through July 2012. To date, 1,495 members have participated in the webinar series. The 2012 series offers 1.5 CME credits per webinar with recordings made available after each live event. This fall, the series concludes with three webinars focusing on insurer audits, ICD–10–CM, and coding for stroke and critical care.
The AAN carefully reviewed and will submit comments to the CMS related to the 2013 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Some of the provisions of interest to neurology are CMS’ proposal to create a new code to compensate physicians for the non–face–to–face work associated with transitional care management, the proposal to include two new stroke measures in the PQRS, and CMS’ proposal to set the physician value–based modifier at a one–percent payment reduction for physicians in groups of 25 or more who do not participate in PQRS in 2015.
Membership and Planning
Nearly 80 people attended a free webinar on “Recruiting a Neurologist” on August 7 that was sponsored by the Neurology Career Center.
Over 1,000 members have completed a Job Seeker profile with the Neurology Career Center. The service launched in January 2011.
The 2013 Annual Meeting Corporate Opportunities with information about corporate sponsorship opportunities will be released to potential corporate partners at the end of August.
The 2013 Annual Meeting marketing efforts continue to inform members and nonmembers that the 2013 Annual Meeting is in March rather than April. The 2013 Annual Meeting Preview and the 2013 Call for Abstracts will be available in August.
The Examination Subcommittee will host an item writing workshop at the 2013 Annual Meeting and will develop a webinar on item writing for AAN item writers and online CME faculty. The subcommittee is planning a future NeuroLearn course that will be made available to members. The AAN currently offers annual item writing training to RITE® Advisory Panel members developing the RITE exam.
The 2012 RITE exam had a record number of registrants. The test was taken by 2,545 examinees at 235 testing sites in February. The exam continues to have high validity and reliability scores. An article examining the correlation between the RITE scores and Board scores is currently under review with the Neurology journal.
A new NeuroLearn course on MS, titled "Sick and Tired: Recognizing and Treating Fatigue in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis," launched in July. Another NeuroLearn course on interpreting diagnostic tests will be available in August. The Distance Learning Subcommittee’s goal is to release a new NeuroLearn course each month.
Several changes to the Science program are planned for the 2013 Annual Meeting. The new Controversies session from the 2012 Annual Meeting will continue but will be part of the Plenary Sessions. The Friday evening Scientific Program Highlights will be replaced by a new Plenary Session titled Neurology Year in Review. The Future of Neuroscience Conference was eliminated from the 2013 Annual Meeting program.
Media coverage of Neurology journal press releases continued its record pace with multiple mentions in Yahoo News, Associated Press, USA Today, CNN, TIME Magazine, Chicago Tribune, US News and World Report, Forbes, CBS News, FOX News, and LA Times over the past month.
Public relations efforts for the 2011 Brain Health Fair in Honolulu by The Limtiaco Company received an Award of Excellence by the Public Relations Society of America’s Hawaii chapter.
The American Brain Foundation is running advertisements in USA Today’s NFL Draft Preview special edition promoting awareness of sports concussion and the need to support research.
American Brain Foundation
The American Brain Foundation is launching a new, nationwide Ambassador Program. The program involves individuals from around the country helping identify, reach out to, establish, and nurture relationships with new donors, businesses, and organizational partners. To date, seven people, including members and nonmembers, have agreed to participate in the program.
The call for entries for the 2013 Neuro Film Festival will launch on August 29, 2012.
The deadline is October 1 for applications for the first recipient of the Richard Olney Clinician Scientist Development Award in ALS. The American Brain Foundation and The ALS Association created the award as a tribute to Richard K. Olney, MD, a leading neurologist and pioneer in clinical ALS research who died in January of ALS.