Neurology Article Leads to Extensive Media Coverage

September 13, 2012


Catherine M. Rydell

AAN Leadership Update

Catherine M. Rydell, Executive Director & CEO
September 2012

Note: We have added a “Dates and Deadlines” section with links to more information to the end of this update for your reference. Please let me know whether you find it useful.
– Cathy


Public Relations

  • Extensive media coverage has resulted from an AAN press release on a Neurology® journal article on professional football players’ risk of death from neurodegenerative diseases, including CNN, New York Times, USA Today, ABC News, Washington Post, and many others.

Executive Administration

  • The Emerging Leaders Forum kicks off on October 24 in Las Vegas with a class of 14 highly talented and motivated future leaders who have a commitment to neurology and quality patient-centered care. The Academy had more than 200 inquiries and 81 applicants for this inaugural program for members 45 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2012, or no more than 13 years out of training. The Emerging Leaders Forum is a 10-month program designed to provide participants a unique opportunity to develop enhanced leadership skills.

Medical Economics

  • The AAN submitted comments in response to the Society of General Internal Medicine Payment Reform Commission’s request for recommendations on how the Medicare payment system could be reformed to constrain health care costs while optimizing outcomes and increasing quality. The AAN recommended that the payment system should be reformed to recognize the importance of cognitive care services by shifting away from a procedure–centered reimbursement model to a patient–centered system. The Academy also recommended that new care coordination models should give incentives not only to primary care physicians, but also to neurologists and other cognitive specialists who provide the majority of E/M services for patients with complex chronic conditions.
  • A new position statement on the Definition of Neurology Subspecialty has been published by the AAN to assist neurologists in determining whether a new patient encounter may be reported. Physicians may refer to this position statement to support the validity of a reported new patient visit.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a compliance date of October 1, 2014, for ICD–10 implementation. The AAN encourages neurologists to take advantage of the one–year delay (from previous compliance date of October 1, 2013) to become fully prepared for the transition. Visit the AAN’s ICD–10 Resources Page for more information. Physicians also are encouraged to participate in the upcoming October 12 webinar, “ICD–10: Are You Prepared,” presented by AAN Coding Subcommittee member Jeffrey Buchhalter, MD, FAAN.


  • Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum graduate Nicholas Johnson, MD, has developed a series of educational webinars for residents and fellows, a project supported by the AAN Government Relations Committee. The webinars consist of lectures on advocacy, coding, insurer relations, health information technology, medical law, federal and state legislative and regulatory policy, therapy development and pricing, and patient safety and quality improvement guidelines. The goal is to keep the content basic to provide knowledge that will be useful throughout the careers of young neurologists.
  • On August 25, state neurological society leaders gathered in Minneapolis for the Academy’s Seventh Annual State Society Leadership Roundtable. The 25 attendees representing 21 states used this time to share successes and seek advice on challenges facing their societies. The leaders discovered AAN resources to assist their societies and brainstormed how state societies can work with the Academy. Staff will work with the societies to develop resources for membership, governance, education, and funding.
  • September is BrainPAC month, which will represent a last push for neurology to impact the 2012 elections. With the help of nearly 1,500 AAN members, BrainPAC has supported more than 200 candidates for Congress with more than $500,000.

Clinical Practice

  • “Evidence–based guideline: Pharmacologic treatment of chorea in Huntington disease” was published electronically ahead of print on July 18, 2012, and in print on August 7, 2012. A clinician summary, patient summary, slide set, press release, and clinical case example were developed. The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) announced the guideline on its website and in its e–newsletter.
  • “Evidence–based guideline: Diagnostic accuracy of CSF 14–3–3 protein in sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease” will be published online ahead of print on September 19, 2012, and in print on October 2, 2012. “Evidence–based guideline update: Steroids and antivirals for Bell’s palsy” will be published online ahead of print on November 7, 2012, and in print on November 27, 2012. For both guidelines, press releases will be issued; both also will have clinician summaries, patient summaries, slide sets, and clinical case examples.
  • The comment period on an upcoming guideline update on the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disorders of consciousness runs from September 6 to October 5. The comment period is open to the public.


  • The 2011 Impact Factor for Neurology®, released in June, increased from 8.017 to 8.312. Neurology continues to be the most–cited journal in the field for the tenth consecutive year. The Impact Factor is from Journal Citation Reports, a product of Thomson ISI (Institute for Scientific Information), which provides quantitative tools for evaluating journals. The Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a given period of time.


  • The new NeuroSAE®: Fifth Edition launches this month. In response to participants’ requests, NeuroSAE: Fifth Edition features 50 percent more, and more robust, questions—150 questions in all, up from 100 on previous exams—to help deepen self–assessment. Many of the new questions are focused on practice parameters. Participants have the opportunity to receive eight CME credits per test.
  • A new program has been added to the AAN Fall Conference. The free Physician–led Advocacy: Creating Change program on Saturday, October 27, led by Director Elaine C. Jones, MD, FAAN, and an expert faculty, will address today’s ever–changing practice landscape and introduce participants to new skills to take advantage of the opportunities that will accompany reform. The course will underscore the importance for neurologists to become active leaders for their profession and their patients and offer participants the opportunity to earn 3.5 CME credits.
  • The AAN received 15 applications for the 2013 Education Research Grant program, designed to promote research in neurology education. The Education Research Subcommittee will select two to four recipients. Awards will range from $5,000 to $10,000, based on the proposal and merits of the project. Projects receiving grants are expected to help improve the neurologic education of AAN members—including neurology residents and fellows, medical students, and non-neurologists—and promote the career development of neurology educators.

Annual Meeting

  • The AAN will collaborate with four new organizations in addition to the continuing partnerships for the 2013 Subspecialty in Focus programs at the Annual Meeting: the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, American Society of Neurorehabilitation, North American Neuro–Ophthalmology Society, and Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology.
  • The 2013 Annual Meeting Registration and Advance Program will be available in October. Marketing efforts continue to inform members and nonmembers that the 2013 Annual Meeting is in March rather than April.


  • The Presidential Plenary speakers for the 2013 Annual Meeting are: Presidential Lecture, AAN President Bruce Sigsbee, MD, FAAN; Robert Wartenberg Lecturer, Salvatore Di Mauro, MD; H. Houston Merritt Lecture, M. Marsel Mesulam, MD, FAAN.
  • Online abstract submission for the Scientific Program at the 2013 AAN Annual Meeting in San Diego is now open and the deadline to submit abstracts is October 15, 2012.

American Brain Foundation

  • The American Brain Foundation will conduct a fall solicitation campaign to member and nonmember donors, aiming for a 15–percent increase over last year’s campaign results.

Dates and Deadlines

September 16

Application Deadline: 2013 Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum

September 18

Webinar: Thriving in the Face of an Audit

September 24–28

Neurology Career Week

September 30

Nominations Deadline: AAN/AAN Institute Board of Directors

October 1

Early Registration Deadline:

AAN Fall Conference

Application Deadlines:

October 1

Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Clinician–scientist Development Awards

Practice Research Training Fellowship

October 15

Deadline: Annual Meeting Abstracts and Scientific Awards

October 16

Webinar: ICD–10: Are You Prepared?

October 19–20

Evidence–based Medicine Toolkit Training

October 26–28

AAN Fall Conference