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Created:   10/20/2011
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Should Training in Opioid Prescribing Be Mandatory?

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Policy Watch: Why Proposed Changes in Medicare Part B Payments Worry Some Neurologists

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At Last, the ‘Doc Fix’ Is Fixed — Now What?

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POLICY WATCH: Proposed 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Looks Neutral to Good

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Welcome to the New Health Insurance Marketplace: How to Navigate the Bumpy Road Ahead

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POLICY WATCH: Medicare Advantage Loses its Advantage: UnitedHealthcare Responds by Dropping Providers

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POLICY WATCH: Finally, A Permanent Replacement for the SGR ‘Doc Fix’?

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What Does FDA's ‘Breakthrough’ Pathway Mean for Neurology?

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Neurologists See Some Gains in CMS' 2014 Fee Schedule

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POLICY WATCH: Why Stroke Specialists Are Questioning Two New CMS Stroke Measures

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POLICY WATCH: The Medicare Mandate to Reduce Readmissions — Coming to Neurology Soon

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TUNE IN: What is the Academy's neurologist on Capitol Hill doing to advocate for the needs of AAN members and neurology?

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TUNE IN: WHAT ARE THE TOP PRIORITIES OF AAN PRESIDENT TIMOTHY A. PEDLEY, MD — FOR NEUROLOGY AND THE AAN?

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AAN to Present to CMS Panel on Reimbursement for Nerve Conduction and Electromyography

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POLICY WATCH: Why Hospital Prices Vary: What Neurologists Should Know

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POLICY WATCH: How Health Insurance Exchanges Will Affect Neurology

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CHOOSING WISELY: 5 Things Neurologists and Patients Should Question

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Pay Cuts for Electrodiagnostic Testing Could Propel Neurology Work Force Crisis

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DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS: Medicare Slashes Neurology Code Reimbursements — Neurology Takes a Hit

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POLICY WATCH: Academy Responds to Demand for National Quality Standards of Care

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POLICY WATCH: The Impact of the Supreme Court Ruling on Neurology

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What Diagnostic Tests Are Unnecessary? Neurology Weighs in on ‘Choosing Wisely’

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New CMS Initiative to Afffect Physician Pay in 2015: What You Can Do Now

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How Neurology Can Keep Patients Front and Center in Research Outcomes — Embracing a National Initiative

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Policy Watch: Neurologists Make Progress — Slowly — Toward ‘Meaningful Use’

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Policy Watch: Neurologists Ponder Move to Rework Relative Update Committee

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What Dwindling GME Funding Could Mean for Neurology

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Policy Watch: CMS Final Rule Paves Way for ACO Contracts

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Policy Watch: Will a New Reimbursement Model be Coming to Your Area? Massachusetts Program Gains Traction

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Policy Watch: Why Neurologists are Protesting the New Federal Pay Proposal

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Policy Watch: As Physician Profiling Programs Gain Ground, Neurologists Seek Greater Transparency for Ratings

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Policy Watch: 1099 Repeat a Relief for Small Neurology Practices

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Policy Watch: With New Web Site, Feds will Post MD Ratings for Patients

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Policy Watch: Rules for Federal ACO Program Coming Soon to Your Area

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Policy Watch: Is the RUC Broken? Neurologists Question System for Establishing Medicare Payments

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CMS Issues Final Rule on E.H.R. Meaningful Use'

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New Law Mandates Disclosure for Neurology Imaging

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What the New Health Reform Law Means for Neurology

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With Passage of Health Reform Legislation, Neurologists Hope for Compensation for their Cognitive‐Care Role

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CMS Proposes Criteria to Qualify for EHR Incentives of Up to $44,000

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How You Can Avoid Being the Unwitting Victim of Employee Theft

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Fallout from New Medicare Policy on Consultation Codes Continues: Private Insurers Are Undecided About Change

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Federal Financial Incentives May Not Spur Wholesale EHR Adoption By Neurologists: Experts Recommend an Incremental Approach to Purchasing Systems

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Neurologists Focus on Potential E&M Bonus As Health Reform Proposals Move through Congress

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Why Neurologists and Other Specialists Oppose a CMS Proposal to Eliminate Consultation Codesa

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How Can Neurologists Make Sense of Disparities in Hospital and Outpatient-Based Charges for Similar Procedures?

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As reported in a Neurology Today article, “Why Hospital Prices Vary: What Neurologists Should Know,” the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released in May a list of the average 2011 charges for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient services at more than 3,300 hospitals. Among the data, for example, one hospital in Philadelphia charged $234,913 to treat an inpatient suffering intracranial hemorrhage with major complications while another hospital in Pittsburgh charged $9,539. Shortly thereafter, CMS released data on what those hospitals charged for 30 common outpatient services — reflecting similar disparities in charges. In a video interview, Neurology Today Editor-in-Chief Steven P. Ringel, MD, and Associate Editor Robert Holloway, MD, discuss the disparities, why neurologists need to pay attention to the “Choosing Wisely” campaign, and what they can tell their patients about the variable charges — for example, higher charges should not be equated with better outcomes for care.

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What is the Academy’s Neurologist on Capitol Hill Doing to Advocate for the Needs of AAN Members and Neurology?

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In a video interview with Neurology Today Editor-in-chief Steven P. Ringel, MD, and Associate Editor Orly Avitzur, MD, former AAN President Dr. Sigsbee discusses the AAN priorities for policy and advocacy, what the office is doing to highlight the challenges facing neurologists, what is being done about the “Medicaid bump,” and what members can do to support their cause.

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‘Neurology in Crisis’: Drs. Orly Avitzur and Neil Busis Discuss Practice Changes

Neurology Today June 20, 2013, Volume 13, Issue 12;

What should neurologists do to mitigate changes in practice? Neurology Today Associate Editor Orly Avitzur, MD, a neurologist in private practice in Tarrytown, NY, chair of the AAN Medical Economics and Management Committee, talks to Neil Busis, MD, chief of neurology and director of community neurology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside, on the current and predicted changes to neurology practice and what you can do to prepare.

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