A Closer Look

Meet PAN Advocate Sue Dubman

Periodically PAN highlights one of our tireless volunteer advocates. PAN thanks all our advocates for your commitment and contributions to the Parkinson’s community. This week we are highlighting Sue Dubman, Massachusetts Assistant State Director and recipient of the 2014 Murray Charters Award for Outstanding Service to the Parkinson’s Community. More »

Ask Congress to Repeal Medicare Therapy Caps Before March 31!

In December, Congress passed a three-month extension of the Medicare therapy caps exceptions process to allow for more time to reach a compromise on Medicare payment reform. However, the three months is almost over, and the most recent proposal does not include a permanent repeal of the Medicare therapy caps. More »

Advocate and Trainer Team Up to Support Parkinson's Day of Action

PAN Pennsylvania State Director Patti Lightner is teaming up with her personal trainer, Joe Green, and local businesses to turn the Parkinson’s Day of Action on February 26 into a community event. More »

Medicare Opens Re-Review Process for Some Claims Denied Under Old Improvement Standard

As part of the January 2013 class-action settlement agreement that prevents Medicare from denying coverage to beneficiaries for skilled nursing, physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy services solely for lack of improvement, a “Re-review” process was created to help determine if some prior claims were improperly denied. More »

New Research Identifies How Pesticides May Increase Risk for Parkinson's

New research published in the February 4, 2014 print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, highlights how pesticides may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease, particularly for people with certain gene variants. More »

Comcast Newsmakers Spotlight: NHC Touts Putting Patients First

Eric Gascho, Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Health Council (NHC), recently sat down with Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the rollout of its new web platform, Putting Patients First, which is designed to help people with chronic conditions, their families, and caregivers better understand the new Health Insurance Exchanges and find insurance coverage that meets their individual health care and budgetary needs. More »

National Health Council Launches Patient-Centric Health Care Exchange Platform

The National Health Council (NHC), a nonprofit association of health and patient advocacy organizations, including PAN, has launched a new web platform, Putting Patients First, designed to help people with chronic conditions, their families, and caregivers better understand the new Health Insurance Exchanges and find insurance coverage that meets their individual health care and budgetary needs. More »

PAN Certified for Standards of Excellence Distinction

The National Health Council (NHC) has recently certified PAN as meeting all of the requirements for the NHC Standards of Excellence Certification Program. NHC, an association of health and patient advocacy organizations, has adopted a set of best practices to ensure that its members maintain the highest levels of transparency, accountability, organizational effectiveness, and public stewardship. More »

Make Every Step Count! Join the Parkinson's Unity Walk

Join the Parkinson’s Unity Walk for a gentle 1.4 mile Walk in New York’s Central Park on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Unity Walk is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Parkinson’s research in the country. One hundred percent of donations support the efforts of the seven major U.S. Parkinson’s organizations, including PAN. More »

State of the Union Includes Support for Research, But Much Work is Ahead

President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address on January 28, 2014, calling for a “Year of Action,” in which he emphasized many of his Administration’s priorities for the coming year. This included support for federally funded research, when the president asked Congress to “undo the damage done by last year’s cuts to basic research so we can unleash the next great American discovery.” More »