A Closer Look

Whitepaper: Virtual Doctor Visits Could Save Billions

Deloitte published a new whitepaper predicting that 100 million eVisits will happen globally in 2014 and that eVisits could save $5 billion in health care costs compared to regular doctor visits. Learn more.

PAN Advocate David Higgins Named to CIRM Board

California Assistant State Director David Higgins, Ph.D., has been named as a patient advocate member of the Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee (ICOC), the governing board of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). David will replace Joan Samuelson, PAN’s founder, as the Parkinson’s patient advocate on the board. Learn more.

ABLE Act Amended in House; PAN Withdraws Support

On July 29, 2014, the House Ways and Means Committee held a markup of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (H.R. 647) to help advance the legislation for a possible vote in September. Learn more.

Engaging Candidates Webinar & Resources Now Online

PAN recently held a webinar with Nonprofit VOTE on engaging candidates during this election season. The presentation is now available on our website. Learn more.

Join us for a Webinar on Engaging Candidates on Aug 13

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from experts at Nonprofit VOTE on how you can educate voters in your community and engage with candidates on important Parkinson's issues – all while remaining nonpartisan. Learn more.

Dr. Story Landis Announces Retirement

Last week, Story Landis, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced her retirement. NINDS deputy director, Walter Koroshetz, M.D., will serve as Acting Director following Dr. Landis’ departure and while a national search is conducted for her replacement. Learn more.

Diane Rehm Discusses 2014 Udall Awards Dinner on Comcast

NPR Host Diane Rehm recently discussed the 2014 Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner on Comcast Newsmakers. Diane serves as the co-chair of the dinner, which will take place Wednesday, October 1 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. Learn more.

NIH Creates Challenge to Track Basic Science to Medical Advances

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health, is reaching out to the broader research community to ask for NIGMS-supported basic science that has led to medical advances. Learn more.

Senate Parkinson's Caucus Co-chairs Send Letter on NINDS Recommendations

The Senate co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Mark Udall (D-CO), sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on July 31 regarding the 31 Parkinson’s research recommendations adopted by the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in January. Learn more.

August Recess Materials Updated!

Last month, we reached out to you with our August Recess Toolkit to help you engage with your Members of Congress on the issue of telehealth while they are home. Today, we wanted to let you know that we've updated our materials to reflect a new bill that PAN has supported - the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 5380). Learn more.