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2015 ANNUAL REPORT

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Through advocacy, policy development and public

relations, the AANS/Congress of Neurological Surgeons

(CNS) Washington Committee and Washington

Office have worked tirelessly to protect the ability of

neurosurgeons to practice medicine freely and ensure the

continued advancement of the specialty of neurological

surgery for the benefit of neurosurgical patients. The

AANS has played a fundamental role on a number of

health policy fronts — including advocating for adequate

reimbursement, pushing for medical liability reform,

streamlining quality improvement initiatives and obtaining

relief from the morass of government regulations. Through

these efforts, organized neurosurgery’s Washington

Office and leaders continue to be at the forefront of the

health policy debates to promote the highest quality of

patient care and to create a system that offers greater value

tomorrow than it does today.

Throughout the year, the AANS leaders and Washington

Office staff are in the halls of Congress and working with

government agencies and other health-care stakeholders

advocating on behalf of neurosurgery. In this role, the

AANS frequently interacts with members of Congress, key

government entities including the Centers for Medicare &

Medicaid Services (CMS), Food and Drug Administration

(FDA), Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Institutes

of Health (NIH) and the Medicare Payment Advisory

Commission (MedPAC). Advocacy activities extend to

third-party payers, state and national medical associations

and patient and consumer organizations. As a result of

these interactions, organized neurosurgery has achieved a

variety of advocacy successes.

NEUROSURGERY MAKES SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS

ADVANCING ITS ADVOCACY AGENDA