Brain Injury Association Information, Brain Injury Broadcasts

Brain Injury Webinars for December

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is sponsoring two brain injury related webinars for the month of December 2014.  The following information has been received from BIAA:

Yoga and Neuropharmacology: A New Path Forward

Thursday, December 4, 2014
3:00 p.m. Eastern
12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific

Yoga and Neuropharmacology may be more similar than you may think.
Join Eric Spier, M.D. and Sarah Adleman, PYT as they discuss how yoga and neuropharmacology can work together to provide a holistic approach to brain injury rehabilitation.

Registration closes Tuesday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern,
2:00 p.m. Pacific

 

Comparing CBT and Supportive Psychotherapy for Treating Depression Following TBI|A Mitchell Rosenthal Memorial Research Series Live Webinar

Thursday, December 11, 2014
3:00 p.m. Eastern
12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific

Please join Teresa Ashman, Ph.D., ABPP-Rp, FACRM, Director of Neurorehabilitation Psychology at the Shepherd Center, as she compares cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and supportive psychotherapy for the treatment of depression following traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Registration closes Tuesday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern,
2:00 p.m. Pacific

To register for either webinar, click here.

 

November 24, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Brain Injury Association Information, Brain Injury Legislative News

Contratulations to Brain Injury Association of America for securing passage of the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act

The following legisilative update was prepared by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the voice of brain injury in the United States: 

Traumatic Brain Injury Act

The TBI Reauthorization Act of 2014, S. 2539, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by unanimous consent on Nov. 13 and is on its way to the President for his signature. The bill was sponsored by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Bob Casey (D-Penn.). In today's legislative environment, it was no small feat to pass this bill, which had strong bi-partisan support, including Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), who co-sponsored a similar bill in the House, and who co-chair the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force..

 

The bill authorizes funding through FY 2019 for grants to States and Protection and Advocacy Systems to improve access to rehabilitation and community services and to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct surveillance and public education programs. The bill also allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to move the program from its current agency at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to another agency within HHS. New provisions were added calling for the Secretary of the HHS to develop a TBI Coordination Plan and for CDC to conduct a scientific review of the management of children with the TBI.

 

BIAA, along with the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) support moving the program to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to join other disability and aging programs administered by the agency. As Policy Corner readers know, the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act of 2014, which was signed by President Obama in August, transferred several of programs from the Department of Education to the ACL, including the Independent Living Center, Assistive Technology, and the National Institute of Disability Rehabilitation Research. BIAA and its partners will work with appropriators to move the HRSA TBI programs to ACL as well.

 

November 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Brain Injury Association of America Caregiver Webinar

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has scheduled in new practical Webinar “Practical Strategies for Managing Deficit Awareness After Brain Injury” 

People are often discharged from rehabilitation before they have fully grasped how their brain injury affects them day to day. Deficit awareness is a key component in:

•         improving safety awareness;

•         willingness to participate in continuing rehabilitation;

•         use of compensatory strategies; and

•         improving emotional reactions to others.

This webinar will offer an overview of what "deficit awareness" is, and offer strategies and tools to help the family and the person with a brain injury better manage their deficits as they continue to recover.

The webinar will be broadcast on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific time.

Registration closes Monday, November 3 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, 2:00 p.m. Pacific

For registration, click here.

October 16, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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North American Brain Injury Society Annual Meeting and Call for Brain Injury Abstracts

The North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) will be hosting its 12th Annual Conference on Brain Injury on April 29th – May 2, 2015 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

The abstract tract submission site is now open. NABIS welcomes submissions in the areas of neuro-trauma and neuro-rehabilitation.   For information on abstract submission, click here

Accepted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Planning Committee and published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

 FOR GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE

 

October 15, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Brain Injury Association Information, Brain Injury Lawyers and Law, Brain Injury Legislative News

Help Elevate Rehabilitation Research at the National Institutes of Health--Brain Injury Association of America Legislative Action Alert

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has issued the following action alert today regarding important rehabilitation legislation that is pending in the United States Senate:

•         S. 1027 is designed to enhance the stature of rehabilitation and disability research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

•         S. 1027 is bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), two individuals who know first-hand the impact that quality rehabilitation services can have on one's ability to regain health, function independently, and return to work, following an illness, injury, disability or chronic condition.

•         S. 1027 was introduced in 2013 and the bill seeks to elevate the stature of rehabilitation science, better coordinate the $300 million spent annually on this type of research, and deliver the maximum return on the federal investment. The bill is expected to be budget neutral.

•         This legislation is important to the brain injury community. It is critical to maximize the outcomes of rehabilitation and disability science in order to translate findings into better treatments for individuals with brain injury. 

•         Please join your colleagues, Sens. Kirk, Hatch, Murkowski and Johnson and cosponsor S. 1027.

Please call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and you will be connected to your Senators Office. Please tell the staff you are a constituent, ask to speak to the Health staffer and please use the above talking points.

 

 

Specifically, BIAA is asking the following Democratic Members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to cosponsor this important legislation.

 

 

Democratic Members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee:

 

 

Barbara A. Mikulski (Maryland)

Patty Murray (Washington)

Bernard Sanders (Vermont)

Robert P. Casey (PA)

Kay R. Hagan (NC)

Al Franken (Minnesota)

Michael F. Bennet (Colorado)

Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island)

Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin)

Christopher S. Murphy (Connecticut)

Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)

October 1, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Brain Injury and Sports, Brain Injury Association Information, Brain Injury Lawyers and Law, Brain Injury Legislative News, Current Affairs

Brain Injury Association of America files motion in federal court disputing the terms of NFL settlement

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) filed a motion today in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania seeking permission to appear as a friend of the court )amicus curiae to explain concerns it has with the proposed NFL brain injury settlement..

Similar to concerns raised by my partner, Shana De Caro who chairs the American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Group and myself in our numerous op-ed pieces that have appeared on the Huffington Post and in the National Law Journal,  the Brain Injury Association believes that the settlement unfairly discriminates among different groups of players and fails to provide any compensation to the majority of NFL players who sustained life altering traumatic brain injuries as a result of playing professional football.

Following are some of the areas of concern noted in the affidavit filed in support of the motion to intervene:

•The settlement excludes numerous physical and behavioral consequences of brain injury from the list of qualifying diagnoses for treatment and compensation. A concussion results in a wide range of neurological, physical, cognitive, and neuropsychological impairments that can appear immediately or many years after injury, requiring specialized treatment on an ongoing or intermittent basis.

•The approach to diagnosing impairment is “deeply flawed” and will exclude many former players from receiving compensation. The determination of eligibility is heavily weighted towards those with severe memory dysfunction and/or evidence of neuromuscular abnormality. If a player has impairment in language or visual function, but not in executive function, learning or memory, he will not qualify.

•The downward adjustment of compensation based on the number of seasons played, the age of the player at the time of diagnosis, and incidence of stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI) prior to being admitted to the class, demonstrates a serious lack of understanding of concussion and mild TBI. A single concussion, whether diagnosed or not, can result in debilitating physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments that interfere with the activities of daily living and require a lifetime of treatment. Therefore, the nature and extent of the impairment – not the number of seasons played – should be the determining factor in any monetary award.

•The limitation of pharmacy vendors to mail order pharmacies. Some medications require distribution that controls for temperature, light, vibration, and other conditions and cannot be reliably distributed by mail order.  In addition, use of mail order prevents a physician from making quick and immediate medication changes.

 •The BAP Supplemental Benefits program fails to recognize the full extent of the treatment team that may be required. The standard of care for patients with TBI dictates that rehabilitation and other medical treatment plans are developed and carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of licensed, credentialed clinicians working in specialized settings and accredited programs. These include endocrinology, physical medicine, ophthalmology, neuro-optometry, otolaryngology, psychiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, and neurobehavioral therapy, among others.

 Copies of the motion and affidavit filed by BIAA can be obtained on their website.

 

September 30, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Brain Injury Association Information, Brain Injury Events

Brain Injury Association of New York State Gala Event

The 7th Annual Journey of Hope Gala fundraiser is scheduled for October 28, 2014 at the Union League Club in New York City. Tickets are available on the BIANYS website. This year, the Gala recognizes Wayne A. Gordon, PhD, ABPP with the Champion of Hope Award, Joseph Sandford, PhD with the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award, Judith Avner, Esq. with the Leadership Award, Steven Miller with the Victory Award. Click here for updates and honoree information.

September 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Brain Injury Association Information, Brain Injury Legislative News

Traumatic Brain Injury Act Reauthorized-Great Work by Brain Injury Associaton of America

The following legilsative update was prepared by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) who successfully led the coaltion for reauthorization of the TBI Act.

BIAA is pleased to announce the United States Senate passed the TBI Reauthorization Act of 2014, S. 2539, on Tuesday, September 16.

 

The TBI Act reauthorizes appropriations through FY2019 for TBI prevention and surveillance or registry programs. BIAA worked closely with Senate staff to add language to the legislation that requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a review of the scientific evidence relating to brain injury management in children, identifying ongoing and potential opportunities for research, and to report to Congress on the results of this review.

 

Susan Connors, BIAA's president and CEO commended the Senate for directing CDC to conduct more research into the management of brain injuries in children. BIAA thanks Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) for introducing the bill on the Senate floor and Sen.  Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) for moving it through the Senate HELP Committee.

 

Originally passed in 1996 and reauthorized in 2000 and 2008, the TBI Act represents a foundation for coordinated and balanced public policy in prevention, education, research, and community living for people with TBI. The TBI Act specifically allocates federal funds for programs supporting individuals with brain injury to federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute for Health (NIH) and the Health Resources Administration (HRSA).

 

The House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the House version of the TBI Act in a floor vote on June 24, 2014.

The Senate bill was introduced by Sen. Hatch on June 26 and passed out of the Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on July 23. The House of Representatives will vote on the TBI Act during the lame duck session which begins November 12. BIAA thanks the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) for their collaboration on TBI Act reauthorization.

 
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Webinar
Please join Peter Thomas

September 19, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Brain Injury Association Information

Vermont Brain Injury Association Annual Conference

The Brain Injury Association of Vermont will be holding their 26th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the Sheraton Conference Center, Burlington, VT For a brochure and more information, click here

September 10, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Brain Injury Association Information

Vermont Brain Injury Association Annual Conference

The Brain Injury Association of Vermont will be holding their 26th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the Sheraton Conference Center, Burlington, VT For a brochure and more information, click here

September 10, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack