The Academy Board of Directors has approved a set of principles the AAN Professional Association will follow as Congress continues to debate health care reform. The principles are as follows:
In the meantime, a number of patient groups have come forward to support neurology on Capitol Hill. The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy, ALS Association, Alzheimer's Foundation, Brain Injury Association of America, Epilepsy Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Parkinson's Action Network have all co-signed a letter asking key players in both the House and Senate to support add neurology to the list of Internal Medicine specialties eligible forbonuses.
"Neurologists provide specialized coordinated care for some of the most costly diseases to society such as Alzheimer's Disease and stroke. Many other prevalent neurological diseases such as Parkinson's Disease, ALS, TBI, headache and epilepsy, especially in children, are best cared for by trained neurologists," states the letter. "These diseases require coordination of care that is routinely provided in the form of principal care by neurologists after primary care physicians refer these patients."
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