American Association of Neurological Surgeons PAC

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    The AANS has an active, valuable and effective Political Action Committee, or PAC, which provides organized neurosurgery with vital access to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and allows neurosurgeons to voice their views on critical issues facing their practice and their patients.

    This year organized neurosurgery has an ambitious policy agenda making it critical to have members of Congress (of both political parties) willing to champion our causes on a number of fronts.

    No one likes the partisan bickering and gridlock in Washington, DC, but we must remember that the political fight never ends. Participating in the political process is essential for the survival of our practices, for our patients’ needs, and for the future of neurosurgical education and research.

    Despite the rancor in the federal city, NeurosurgeryPAC is making solid progress in meeting it's legislative and regulatory objectives.

    Based on a national survey of neurosurgeons (with more than 600 responses), our proactive includes the following items:

    • Protect patients’ timely access to care by reforming utilization review practices, such as prior authorization, step-therapy and Medicare’s appropriate use criteria program for advanced diagnostic imaging.
    • Fix the broken medical liability system by adopting proven reforms that are in place in California and Texas.
    • Improve the health care delivery system, including maintaining existing insurance market reforms and advancing solutions that will lower costs and expand choice, including out-of-network options, with appropriate patient protections for unanticipated medical bills.
    • Support quality resident training and education by increasing the number of Medicare-funded residency positions and preserving the ability of surgeons to maximize education and training opportunities within the profession’s current regulatory structures.
    • Alleviate the burdens of electronic health records, including promoting interoperability, reducing unnecessary data entry and improving the functionality of EHR systems to enhance, not hinder, the delivery of medical care.
    • Continue progress with medical innovation by implementing the 21st Century Cures Act and provide additional funding for medical research.
    • End the opioid epidemic by implementing the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment or Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act).
    • Champion fair reimbursement by maintaining a viable fee-for-service option in Medicare and by empowering patients and physicians to privately contract fee arrangements. Additionally, Medicare must maintain the 10- and 90-day global surgery payment package and minimize the burdens associated with the global surgery code data collection initiative.

    These are but a few examples of how organized neurosurgery is putting your dollars to work for you and the profession. But, we need more resources to continue these efforts.

    Fortunately, there is an easy way to help support Neurosurgery’s advocacy and health policy efforts, by making a contribution. Just click on the "Donate Now" button on this page. 

    If you haven’t already done so this year, please consider making a contribution to NeurosurgeryPAC so we can continue our efforts to move the specialty forward in a positive direction. 

    Remember:  NeurosurgeryPAC is nonpartisan and does not base its decisions on party affiliation but instead focuses on the voting records and campaign pledges of the candidates to advance neurosurgery’s health policy agenda.

    We can continue with many policy successes, but only with your help.

    Thank you for your contribution!


    For more information on NeurosurgeryPAC, please click here.


    AANS members who are citizens of the United States and pay dues or have voting privileges may contribute to NeurosurgeryPAC, as may AANS candidate members. All contributions must be drawn on personal accounts and any corporate contributions to NeurosurgeryPAC will be used for administrative expenses and other activities permissible under federal law. Contributions are not tax-deductible. Federal law requires NeurosurgeryPAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and the name of the employer of every individual whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.

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