Policy, Advocacy, News - 12/13/2013

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Pledge Your Individual Support to PAN!
Did you know that the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) relies on individual donors like you to do our critical work? Learn more.

Attention Researchers! NINDS to hold Parkinson’s Planning Conference January 6-7
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is organizing the “Parkinson’s Disease 2014: Advancing Research, Improving Lives” conference on January 6-7, 2014 at the National Institutes of Health. Learn more.

Medicare Finalizes Removal of Improvement Standard
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released policy manual updates, which clarify that Medicare beneficiaries can no longer be denied coverage for physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy services solely for lack of improvement. Learn more.

Medicare Releases New Policies for 2014
CMS recently finalized the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule.  Read about how this impacts coverage of therapy services and telemedicine. Learn more.


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Dear Parkinson’s Community: Bipartisan Agreement is Possible
Read about PAN’s reaction to the bipartisan budget agreement and what’s next. Learn more.

Fewer than 30 Days Remain Until Medicare Coverage Barriers Take Effect!
Tell your Members of Congress to stop the therapy cap. Take action.


In The News

Roche, Prothena sign potential $600 million Parkinson’s deal
Reuters l December 12, 2013
Roche has raised its bet on medicines for the human brain by signing a deal with Prothena Corp. worth up to $600 million to develop and commercialize a treatment for Parkinson's disease. More…

Scientists lobby for NIH funding in budget deal
POLITICO I December 10, 2013
As the budget deal began to emerge this week, scientists urged Members of Congress to restore funding to the National Institutes of Health and avert a second round of cuts. More…

UF researchers to use brain imaging to look at dementia profiles in Parkinson’s patients
UF News l December 10, 2013
The University of Florida has received a $2.1 million National Institutes of Health grant to use brain imaging to better understand different types of cognitive difficulties that affect patients with Parkinson’s. More…

Joyful noise: People with Parkinson’s, brain disorders find fellowship in Tremble Clefs choir
In-Forum l December 10, 2013
In Fargo, ND, a group of people with Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, dementia, and other brain disorders have come together this holiday season to form the Tremble Clefs choir. More…

Second-generation implant addresses Parkinson’s, records brain data
Science-blog l December 9, 2013
Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have successfully implanted and recorded data from a device that not only generates electrical impulses to tame symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, but also continuously monitors and records brain activity in a key affected structure deep within the patient’s brain. More…

Exercise improves depression in Parkinson’s patients, study says
OSU Medical Center l December 9, 2013
A new study by a movement disorder neurologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that depression improved among patients with Parkinson’s disease who participated in a long-term group exercise program. More…