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BIAA Increases Understanding of Brain Injury During Brain Injury Awareness Month

30-Mar-2012 As Brain Injury Awareness Month comes to a close, BIAA would like to reflect on some of our accomplishments and thank everyone who participated in Brain Injury Awareness Month events.

On March 19, 2012, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “A Review of Efforts to Prevent and Treat Traumatic Brain Injury.” Dr. Mark Ashley testified on behalf of the Brain Injury Association of America. You can read Dr. Ashley’s testimony and watch the hearing by going here.

BIAA staff and members of BIAA’s Business and Professional Council met March 21, 2012, with several key agencies and organizations that will be involved in implementing aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including:

•    American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association to exchange ideas on inpatient rehabilitation and the concept of Continuing Care Hospitals

•    National Quality Forum to discuss measurers that pertain to brain injury treatment and care.

•    Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to educate MedPAC statisticians and policy analysts about brain injury and discuss the impact of bundling of payments for post-acute care in brain injury.

•    Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) to discuss the differences in neurological rehabilitation as compared to orthopedic rehabilitation.

•    Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to discuss the draft priorities for comparative effectiveness research required by the health reform law.

•    CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to discuss innovations that could make brain injury rehabilitation and long-term care more available, acceptable and affordable for individuals who sustain injuries and public and private payers.

On March 21, 2012, Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Representative Todd Russell Platts (R-PA) introduced the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act, H.R. 4238. The Brain Injury Association of America, along with TBI stakeholders, looks forward to committee action on the TBI Act and a companion bill introduced in the U.S. Senate.

BIAA thanks the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force for a successful Brain Injury Awareness Day, which was held March 21, 2012! Thank you to everyone who participated in the events and met with their Senators and Representative to spread awareness for brain injury. This year, BIAA and 35 TBI stakeholders exhibited at the Brain Injury Fair held in the Rayburn House Office Building. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Todd Platts, co-chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, held a news conference on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act, H.R. 4238 followed by a briefing entitled; “Traumatic Brain Injury, Anytime, Anyone, Any Age”. After the briefing, The Brain Injury Association of America presented Rep. Platts with an award for his service as co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force since 2005. Rep. Platts plans to retire at the end of this Congress after serving the 19th district of Pennsylvania since 2001. The day ended in celebration at a reception hosted by Reps. Pascrell and Platts in the Rayburn House Office Building. The staff at BIAA looks forward to seeing everyone again at Brain Injury Awareness Day in 2013!

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