AAN Pushing Improved Cognitive Reimbursement as Top Priority

May 27, 2011

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The AAN met with leadership of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on May 23, 2011, to discuss policies to improve reimbursement for cognitive care, or evaluation and management (E/M) services. This was one of numerous actions the Academy has taken recently to advocate for this priority issue with regulators, legislators, and private insurers.

"The AAN believes that without fundamental changes in payment policy, patient care will suffer, particularly for those with neurologic disease," said AAN President Bruce Sigsbee, MD, FAAN. "We are deeply concerned that current policy has made cognitive specialties like neurology less attractive. This is leading to physician workforce shortfalls to treat this population, largely due to the economic pressure to emphasize procedures over direct patient care. Because of the dire consequences this presents to both our patients and profession, cognitive reimbursement is the top priority of our advocacy work."

The Academy is working with a coalition of cognitive specialties to advance its goals. In meetings with Congress and CMS, the AAN is offering solutions that focus less on costly procedures and more on face-to-face cognitive care that would provide higher quality, more appropriate care at lower cost to both Medicare and patients.

For more information, visit http://www.aan.com/go/advocacy/how