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.