American Academy of Neurology Professional Association

AAN_Logo.jpgThe American Academy of Neurology Professional Association (AAN/PA), representing over 21,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with neurological disorders.

Position statement on stroke care

Stroke is the nation’s number three killer and a leading cause of adult long-term disability. According to the American Stroke Association, about 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, with 137,000 not surviving. It is therefore vital that policymakers take an active role to address the improvements of stroke care. This includes supporting primary stroke center implementation in both urban and rural communities; access to comprehensive stroke centers, the endorsement of telestroke as an emerging technology, and proper reimbursement for advanced technological services and on-call visits and consultations.

Health Information Technology

The American Academy of Neurology Professional Association strongly supports the adoption and utilization of health information technology (HIT) and seeks to be an active participant in the development of legislation surrounding HIT that is interoperable and networked with other sources through federated information exchange.

The Critical Role of Neurologists in Our Healthcare System

The Academy urges policymakers, as they develop, debate, and enact health reform measures, to consider the specific concerns of neurologists and the unique needs of patients with neurologic disease. This document is intended to provide an overview of the role of neurologists, the patients neurologists treat, the increasing demand for neurologic services, and the importance of assuring that reform proposals address concerns related to neurologic care.

Access to Neuroimaging Services

The American Academy of Neurology Professional Association believes strongly that the proper management of imaging care should not prevent patients from having access to the properly trained physician of their choice. Neurologists need to play a leading role in the design, training and provision of neuroimaging care to ensure that the greatest potential and the most efficient and ethically sound uses for these tools are realized.

Neurology’s Commitment to Quality

The AAN’s long-standing commitment to quality has resulted in the development of over 110 rigorous, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and quality measures. The AAN promotes and enables the adoption and understanding of these recommendations by neurologists and health care systems to improve the care—and lives—of the one in six Americans suffering from neurologic illnesses.