Posts Tagged ‘Stroke’

Therapies for Stroke Patients Protected Another Year

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Good news to report from Capitol Hill! On December 9th, Congress passed the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010, which will allow stroke patients on Medicare to continue to get the therapies they need for another year, without facing arbitrary caps on coverage.

Thank you so much to our advocates for their quick action to ensure Members of Congress knew that therapy must be protected for these 4.4 million patients!

The exceptions process that was extended puts the power in the hands of patients and their doctors to determine the amount of therapy needed to recover from their stroke, rather than having their care determined by a pre-set limit.

As we celebrate this victory, it is also critical to understand that we still have a fight ahead of us. This extension of the exceptions process will only last until December 31, 2011, so we will need your help to continue to push Congress to pass a permanent fix for the therapy caps issue.

Thank you, advocates, for standing-up for stroke patients- and congratulations on this important win!

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Today is World Stroke Day!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Did you know that one in every six people worldwide will have a stroke during their lifetime?

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and the second-leading cause of death in the world. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Find out what you can do to Act Now by using American Heart Association and American Stroke Association tools and resources at www.powertoendstroke.org/tools-risk.html.

The World Stroke Organization also wants you to Act Now by taking on these six challenges to lower your stroke risk:

- Know the risk factors for stroke that you can do something about — high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol — and work to keep them in a healthy range
- Be physically active and exercise regularly
- Adopt a healthy diet.
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now
- Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke and how to take action

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Help Bring Prevention Programs to More States!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

We know Members of Congress face tough choices on spending in this difficult economy. They need to understand how important preventing heart disease and stroke is to the American public. With its limited resources, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spends just 16 cents per person on heart disease and stroke prevention each year. That isn’t enough! Send a message today in support of funding for the CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program.

The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program saves lives by educating Americans about heart disease and stroke and helping them control certain risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol. It also helps improve emergency response and quality of care for heart disease and stroke patients.

Learn more and take action today at http://www.capitolconnect.com/yourethecure/takeaction.aspx.

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State Spotlight! Maine and Virginia Pass Telemedicine Bills

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

As we mark Stroke Month in May, it is important to take a look at the great progress that is being made in states around the country to improve stroke treatment and care. Recently, Maine and Virginia passed important legislation that will help improve patients’ access to timely, medical expertise through telemedicine. Telemedicine enables medical professionals to use information technologies to deliver critical care to patients from a distance. Congratulations to Maine and Virginia advocates on these important stroke policy successes!

Maine- As part of a campaign to develop a stroke system of care for their rural state, the AHA/ASA’s Maine You’re the Cure team, and its partners, knew passage of the telemedicine bill was a critical part of improving stroke treatment in the state. Thanks to the work of dedicated staff and advocates, such as Shawn and Andrea Withers, who have worked tirelessly for years to raise awareness with lawmakers about the need to address stroke in the state, the bill (LD 1073) passed the legislature with great support. Passage of the bill was a major step in enabling community hospitals and their physicians to collaborate with a major stroke center with 24-hour telemedicine consultation service and receive reimbursement for providing the service as physicians would in “face to face” patient consultations.

Virginia- Recognizing the need to make telemedicine services more accessible and affordable to Virginians, AHA/ASA advocates teamed up with state Senator William Wampler to see the telemedicine bill, SB 675, through the legislature and signed into law this year. The new law requires health insurers in the state to provide reimbursement for services provided through telemedicine. Dr. Nina Solenski, a stroke neurologist at the University of Virginia, led the team of dedicated You’re the Cure advocates to ensure the bill’s success. Dr. Solenski met with key legislators, provided testimony, and even mobilized and motivated others in her community and on the Virginia Stroke Systems Task Force, which she chairs, to act too! Hundreds of emails and phone calls were generated by advocates to support the bill.

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