A Closer Look

Act Now: Urge Congress to Support DoD Parkinson's Research

Join the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) in our efforts to secure at least $16 million in funding for a critical Parkinson's research program at the Department of Defense (DoD) in Fiscal Year 2015! Learn more.

Congress Moves Forward with FY 2015 Appropriations; PAN Submits Testimony on NIH Funding

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have begun work on their respective Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 appropriations bills. Most of the drama typically associated with appropriations season is absent this year because top-line spending limits have already been set by the budget agreement passed by Congress in December 2013. Committee leaders have given direction to the subcommittees to start drafting the 12 annual appropriations bills in the form of 302(b) allocations, which provide guidance for how federal spending should be distributed among various agencies and departments. Learn more.

New Telemedicine Literature Review Released

The Alliance for Connected Care held two Hill briefings this week to announce the release of a new literature review titled, The Empirical Foundations of Telemedicine Interventions for Chronic Disease Management. The literature review looked at published literature on telemedicine management of three chronic diseases: congestive heart failure, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Learn more.

PAN Staff Attend Health Conferences and Events

Over the last two weeks, several PAN staff were at Parkinson’s and other health conferences and events around the country. Learn more.

Meet PAN Advocate Myra Hirschhorn

Since New Jersey State Director Myra Hirschhorn first heard about the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) 10 years ago, she has become a fierce advocate and leader for people with Parkinson’s disease in her local community and the state of New Jersey. Learn more.

Reports Released on Telehealth and Brain Exposure to Paint, Glue, Degreasers

The Information Technology & Innovation Fund (ITIF) has released a report on telehealth titled, “Unlocking the Potential of Physician-to-Patient Telehealth Services.” Learn more.

PAN Gathers Advocates and Experts to Discuss Telehealth and Parkinson's

On May 6, PAN brought together advocates, policy experts, and health providers to discuss the implications of using telehealth for people with Parkinson’s disease and the policy hurdles to making it available to more people. Learn more.

Deadline Extended to Submit Comments on Parkinson's Social Security Disability Rule

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has extended its deadline to submit comments on its proposed revisions to rules used to evaluate whether people with Parkinson's and other neurological disorders qualify for disability to June 2, 2014. Learn more.

Studies on Sleep and Stem Cell Therapies Released

The Institute of Medicine and the Parkinson Alliance recently released reports that might be of interest to people with Parkinson’s disease. Learn more.

Policy Experts and Advocates Gather to Discuss How Telehealth Maximizes the Delivery of Health Care

(WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014) – The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), a national nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of the Parkinson’s disease community, gathers advocates, policy experts, and health providers today in Washington, DC to discuss implications of using telehealth for people with neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and the policy hurdles to making it available to more people. Learn more.