2014 AANS Annual Report - page 39

Through advocacy, policy development and public relations, the AANS/Congress of Neurological Surgeons
(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. The Washington Committee has played a fundamental role in a number of
health policy developments, including advocating for adequate reimbursement, pushing for medical liability
reform, streamlining quality improvement initiatives and relief from the morass of government regulations.
This work is critical, and organized neurosurgery’s Washington Committee and leaders continue to be at the
forefront of the health policy debates to advance the specialty of neurological surgery in order 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
and Medicaid Services (CMS) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), third-party payers and other
state and national medical associations. As a result of these interactions, neurosurgery’s Washington
Committee has achieved a variety of advocacy successes.
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