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WASHINGTON

COMMITTEE UPDATE

Neurosurgery Makes Significant Progress Advancing

Health Policy Agenda

Through advocacy, policy development and public relations, the AANS/CNS Washington

Committee and Washington Office have worked vociferously to defend and protect

the ability of neurosurgeons to practice medicine freely and help to ensure the

continued advancement of the specialty of neurological surgery. Together, the AANS

and CNS have played a fundamental role in a number of health policy developments,

including advocating for adequate reimbursement, pushing for medical liability reform,

streamlining quality improvement reporting requirements and relief from the morass of

government regulations. This work is critical, and organized neurosurgery’s Washington

Office and leaders continue to be at the forefront of health policy debates to advance the

specialty of neurological surgery to promote the highest quality of patient care to create a

system that offers greater value tomorrow than it does today.

Throughout the year, the Washington Office staff are in the halls of Congress or 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) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention

(CDC), third party payors and state and national medical associations. As a result of these

interactions, organized neurosurgery has achieved a variety of advocacy successes.

P. David Adelson, MD, FAANS, represents the AANS at a Congressional

briefing focusing on pediatric trauma. He is pictured here with Rep. Richard

Hudson (R-N.C.), chair of the Congressional Pediatric Trauma Caucus.

Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD, FAANS, past chair of the AANS/CNS Section

on Neurotrauma and Critical Care testifies at a U.S. House Energy and

Commerce Oversight Subcommittee hearing on concussions.