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Webinair: Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities in School

The Brain Injury Association of New York State is sponsoring a webinair, "Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities in School" on Monday, March 31, 2014 from 1:00-2:15 pm EST

This workshop offers an overview of the laws that prohibit the bullying and harassment of students with disabilities, including guidance from the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights and the Dignity for All Students Act.  The workshop will also discuss advocacy tips to address bullying and harassment in schools. 

Registration information: Reserve your webinar seat by March 30, 2014 by clicking here

For more information on the Brain Injury Association of New York, visit their website

 

March 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill-2014

Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capital Hill.  I intend to partipate in the day's events to advocate on behalf of individuals with brain injury and their families and look forward to you joining me.

Here is an updated schedule of the day's events:

Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              

Brain Injury Awareness Fair
First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building

2014 Exhibitors
Brain Injury Assoc. of America
American Association of Hyperbaric Awareness
BAE Systems
BrainLine
Brain Trauma Foundation
Centers for Disease Control
DVBIC/ DCoE
Kessler Foundation/Kessler Institute
NICoE
VA Office of Research and Development
VISTA Life Sciences
American Academy of Neurology
American College of Radiology
American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association
American Music Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Arms Forces
"@" Attention Fund
Assoc. of Rehab Nurses
Blinded Veterans
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Brain Injury Alliance of Washington
Brain Injury Services, Inc.
BrainScope
Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine
Cheer USA
ConcussionWise
Disability Rights New Jersey
Disability Services Center, JBS International
Elder Hart
FITBIR
Gallant Few
Higher Ground
HRSA
International Brain Research Foundation
JFK Rehabilitation Center
MedStar National Rehab Hospital
Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center
NASHIA
National Disability Rights Network
Neuro Kinetics, Inc.
NeuroVive Pharmaceuticals
New Jersey Brain Injury Association
NIH
Rehabilitation Specialists
ReMed
Rusk Rehab at NYU Lagone Medical Center
Team River Runner

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM                

Briefing: "Returning to Work: Making Headway After Brain Injury" 
Panelists
John O'Neill, Ph.D., CRC
Director, Employment and Disability Research
Kessler Foundation 

Dr. Grant Baldwin
Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
Centers for Disease Control 

Dr. Jim Kelly
National Intrepid Center for Excellence
Walter Reed

Sgt. John Irwin
Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan
United States Army

Brian Nichols
Warrior to Work
Wounded Warrior Project

Daniel Chamberlain, JD 
Moderator
Brain Injury Association of America                                  

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Meeting Room South

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    
Reception Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Gold Room 2168, Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

March 11, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill-2014

Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capital Hill.  I intend to partipate in the day's events to advocate on behalf of individuals with brain injury and their families and look forward to you joining me.

Here is an updated schedule of the day's events:

Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              

Brain Injury Awareness Fair
First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building

2014 Exhibitors
Brain Injury Assoc. of America
American Association of Hyperbaric Awareness
BAE Systems
BrainLine
Brain Trauma Foundation
Centers for Disease Control
DVBIC/ DCoE
Kessler Foundation/Kessler Institute
NICoE
VA Office of Research and Development
VISTA Life Sciences
American Academy of Neurology
American College of Radiology
American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association
American Music Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Arms Forces
"@" Attention Fund
Assoc. of Rehab Nurses
Blinded Veterans
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Brain Injury Alliance of Washington
Brain Injury Services, Inc.
BrainScope
Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine
Cheer USA
ConcussionWise
Disability Rights New Jersey
Disability Services Center, JBS International
Elder Hart
FITBIR
Gallant Few
Higher Ground
HRSA
International Brain Research Foundation
JFK Rehabilitation Center
MedStar National Rehab Hospital
Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center
NASHIA
National Disability Rights Network
Neuro Kinetics, Inc.
NeuroVive Pharmaceuticals
New Jersey Brain Injury Association
NIH
Rehabilitation Specialists
ReMed
Rusk Rehab at NYU Lagone Medical Center
Team River Runner

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM                

Briefing: "Returning to Work: Making Headway After Brain Injury" 
Panelists
John O'Neill, Ph.D., CRC
Director, Employment and Disability Research
Kessler Foundation 

Dr. Grant Baldwin
Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
Centers for Disease Control 

Dr. Jim Kelly
National Intrepid Center for Excellence
Walter Reed

Sgt. John Irwin
Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan
United States Army

Brian Nichols
Warrior to Work
Wounded Warrior Project

Daniel Chamberlain, JD 
Moderator
Brain Injury Association of America                                  

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Meeting Room South

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    
Reception Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Gold Room 2168, Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

March 11, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Strategies for Teaching New Skills to Individuals with Brain Injury: Brain Injury Association of America Caregiver Webinar

Strategies for Teaching New Skills to Individuals with Brain Injury: Brain Injury Association of America Caregiver Webinar

March 6, 2014 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) 

Learning new skills is often one of the most challenging things for a person with a brain injury. This webinar, presented by Laura Turner, M.S., BCBA of the May Institute, we will focus on applied behavior analytic and evidence-based strategies that can assist in the process of learning and mastering new skills. Applied behavior analysis uses the basic principles of learning and systematic measurement to teach functional and meaningful skills to improve the quality of life of individuals with brain injury and their families. Register by 5:00 PM (ET) on March 4, 2014.  Click here to register.

February 25, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014 in Washington DC

Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014

Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill will be on Wednesday March 12, 2014.

Here is the schedule of the day’s events:

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              

Brain Injury Awareness Fair

First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM                

Briefing: "Returning to Work: Making Headway After Brain Injury"                                         

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Meeting Room South

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM                

Reception Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Gold Room 2168, Rayburn House Office Building

All are welcome to attend the day's events

If you plan to attend please make appointments with your Congressional  Representative and Senators to advocate for funding for TBI programs and research.

I hope to see you in Washington, D.C. this March!

February 7, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Important request from the Brain injury Association of America--Protect access to rehabilitation care

NATIONAL CALL-IN CAMPAIGN 

TO PROTECT ACCESS TO REHABILITATION

 

ATTENTION DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION COMMUNITY:

 

Congress is currently debating behind closed doors how they will offset the cost of fixing the Medicare physician fee schedule which has been in need of reform for years.  One of the most likely targets to save money is by reducing funding and restricting access to rehabilitation services provided in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units as well as outpatient clinics.

 

These are the services that assist people in regaining health and function lost to illness or injury.  These cuts and restrictions in access to rehabilitation care would disproportionately impact people with disabilities, chronic conditions, and those with injuries and illnesses.  Without these services, fewer Medicare beneficiaries, including 8 million people UNDER age of 65, will be able to return to their homes and live as independently as possible.

 

Please call your Congressional Representative and two Senators TODAY and throughout February, toll-free, and tell Congress to protect access to inpatient hospital rehabilitation and outpatient therapy services.  Simply dial this toll free number:

 

1-888-254-3840

 

You will be provided instructions and talking points before you are patched through to the offices of your elected officials.  Tell your representatives:

  • Do not      restrict access or cut funding for medical rehabilitation provided      in Inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units, and Outpatient      clinics.  No more caps, cuts or restrictions in access to rehab!

Our timeline is very short. We need you to make these calls as soon as possible, and to spread the word to your family, friends, and colleagues.  The more calls to Congress from the disability and rehabilitation community, the greater protection of access to rehabilitation!

February 5, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Secondary Education for Returning Service Members

Consequences of Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Post-Secondary Education among Service Members will be the subject of a webinar sponsored by The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) on February 6, 2014 3:00 p.m. ET..

The webinair will review etiology and symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and PTSD among returning service members; provide an overview of the transition, social, and academic experiences shared by many service members entering post-secondary education; explain how self-regulated learning and social-cognitive theory may be applied to study post-secondary outcomes; present findings from recent research illustrating the impact of TBI and PTSD on self-regulated learning; and offer suggestions for applying research findings to support improve learning and social outcomes for service members with TBI and/or PTSD.

Registration information can be obtained by clicking here.

February 2, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Legislative News Update from Brain Injury Association of America

Legislative alert from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)

2014 Advocacy Message

As the second session of the 113th Congress begins, BIAA looks forward to the next year with enthusiasm for our legislative priorities. Even though Congress will face midterm elections this year, BIAA is hopeful for TBI Act reauthorization in 2014!

With the budget accord reached before the winter holiday recess by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, appropriators can now finish work on a fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill before funding runs out on January 15. The budget accord established overall discretionary spending levels for both fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015 that will make it easier for lawmakers to move some of the 12 fiscal 2015 appropriations bills that it has been handled by Continuing Resolution in recent years. BIAA will continue to monitor appropriations and advocate for funding of TBI programs in the President's Fiscal Year 2015 budget. Appropriations increases in 2014 are unlikely with the current political environment, but BIAA still has opportunity to elevate our cause in Congress.

As in 2013, BIAA looks forward to collaborating on our policy agenda in 2014. Our champions on Capitol Hill, Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) will lead our efforts to reauthorize the TBI Act and will host Brain Injury Awareness Day with the members of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force on March 12, 2014. The TBI Act, H.R. 1098, was voted out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce at the end of 2013 and BIAA looks forward to floor debate in the full House of Representatives early this year. The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force will assist BIAA in promoting our other policy goals that include increasing access to high quality care and maintaining vital brain injury research.

BIAA will also be monitoring the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to ensure individuals are not denied brain injury services which would be a violation of the ACA. BIAA will collect quantitative and qualitative data throughout 2014 and report the information to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

BIAA will also continue to monitor and comment on the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs' research and treatment for active duty military, their dependents, and Veterans in 2014.

BIAA will collaborate with our federal agency partners in 2014, including Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Administration for Community Living, and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education, and continue to participate in the many health and disability coalitions whose members share our goals.

BIAA appreciates all the efforts and involvement of our grassroots in the legislative process. Thank you! In 2013 you witnessed your hard work in action as the TBI Act, H.R. 1098 moved successfully out of committee in the House of Representatives. BIAA will continue to count on its grassroots advocates to show members of Congress how important brain injury is to their constituents in 2014. You have all truly made a difference and we hope to continue that excitement and dedication in 2014! 

Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014

Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill will be on Wednesday March 12, 2014. As in years past the day will begin with the Brain Injury Awareness Fair in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer followed by a Congressional Briefing which will be held in the Capitol Visitor's Center, meeting room south. The day will end with a reception in the Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room to celebrate Brain Injury Awareness Month. All are welcome to attend the day's events! Additional details regarding the awareness day will be posted in Policy Corner. If you plan to attend please make appointments with your Representatives and Senator's to advocate for funding for TBI programs and research. BIAA thanks Reps. Pascrell (D-NJ) and Rooney (R-FL), co chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, for leading Brain Injury Awareness Day. BIAA is committed to assisting the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force plan a successful event. I hope to see you in Washington, D.C. this March!

 

January 18, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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December Legislative Update-Brain Injury Association of America

The following is the December legilslative update from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA):

TBI Act Reauthorization 2013

The TBI Act Reauthorization of 2013, H.R. 1098 was approved by voice vote in the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health passed the bill in markup on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 with the following changes:

  • Inserted  authorization levels for the TBI Act programs based on current appropriations.
  • Removed Health  Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) giving the discretion to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary to elevate the TBI state grant programs and the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) programs within HHS.

H.R. 1098 will be debated on the House floor early next year. Please contact your member of Congress and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 1098. 

BIAA continues to work with our Senate Champions to have a companion bill to the TBI Act introduced early in 2014.

Therapy Cap Repeal

This week the Senate Finance Committee released legislation which would permanently address the Sustainable Growth Rate which includes therapy cap repeal. The package includes: 

  • Repeals the Therapy Cap  immediately upon enactment of the legislation.
  • Continues manual medical review  only through 2014. Manual medical review expires at the end of 2014.
  • Requires the Secretary of HHS to establish a new prior authorization medical review process to begin on      January 1, 2015.  The Secretary retains discretion on what level to  apply the review (spending threshold) and in what settings to apply the  review.
  • In addition, the Secretary  would identify the services for medical review, using appropriate factors,      which could include (but would not be limited) the following:


(1) Services furnished by a therapy provider whose pattern of billing is higher compared to peers.
(2) Services furnished by a therapy provider who, in a prior period, has a high claims denial percentage or is least compliant with other applicable requirements under this title.
(3) Services furnished by a therapy provider who is newly enrolled in the Medicare program.
(4) Services furnished by a therapy provider who has questionable billing practices, such as billing medically unlikely units of services in a day.
(5) Services furnished to treat a type of medical condition.
(6) Services identified by use of the standardized data elements required to be reported.
(7) Services furnished by a single therapy provider or a group that includes such providers.
(8) Other services as determined appropriate by the Secretary.

A therapy provider could submit  for multiple visits under each prior authorization claim and the      information necessary for medical review could be submitted by fax, by  mail, or by electronic means. As soon as practicable, but not later than  24 months after the date of enactment, the Secretary would have to make      available the electronic means necessary to receive information.

The Secretary would make a  prior authorization determination within ten business days of receipt of      the necessary medical documentation or; otherwise, be deemed to have found      the services to meet the applicable requirements for Medicare coverage.

The new medical review system  will be established through rule making and will allow for stakeholder  input.

The GAO would conduct a study on the new medical review process.

Following a  series of defined steps (which include opportunity for stakeholder input- comment, stakeholder townhalls etc), The Secretary will establish a new  data collection system to replace the current functional limitation      reporting system.  Depending on the date of enactment of the  legislation, this could occur around the beginning of 2017.  Like  functional limitation reporting, therapy providers would be required to      report on these items to be paid for a claim.  Data elements that the  Secretary could include in the new data collection system could include:

(1) demographic information

(2) diagnosis

(3) severity

(4) affected body structures and functions

(5) limitations with activities of daily living and participation

(6) functional status

(7) other domains determined to be appropriate by the Secretary

The Secretary is allowed but not required to create a web portal to allow for the submission of this data.

No later than 18 months after the date the data reporting system is operational (depending on the date      of enactment this could be in 2018), the Secretary would submit a report to Congress on the design of a new payment system for outpatient therapy services. The report would include an analysis of the standardized data elements collected and other appropriate data and information. It would  consider (1) appropriate adjustments to payment (such as case mix and  outliers), (2) payments on an episode of care basis, and (3) reduced      payment for multiple episodes. The Secretary would consult with  stakeholders regarding design of such a new payment system.

The bill would also require that each request for payment, or bill submitted on or after January 1, 2015, by a therapy provider for an outpatient therapy service furnished by a therapy assistant include an indication that the service was furnished by a therapy assistant. 

December 13, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Brain Injury Association of America-Legislative Update Nov 2013

The following legislative update has been prepared by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA):

TBI Act Reauthorization 2013

The Brain Injury Association of America testified before the House Subcommittee on Health hearing "Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Local Communities" on November 20, 2013. The Subcommittee on Health is chaired by Rep. Pitts (R-PA) and Rep. Pallone (D-NJ) is the ranking member.

The TBI Act, H.R. 1098 was included with six other public health bills in the hearing. Dr. Drew Nagele, member of BIAA's board of directors testified on behalf of the TBI Act. BIAA is pleased to see the progress of the TBI Act in the House of Representatives. We ask you to contact your Senator's and urge him or her to introduce a companion bill in the Senate for H.R. 1098, the TBI Act.

Safe Kids Capitol Day

BIAA was invited to participate in the second annual Safe Kids Capitol Day hosted by the Congressional Kids Safety Caucus and Safe Kids Worldwide. The event promoted prevention of brain injury including wearing helmets and included concussion education. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also participated in the Safe Kids Capitol Day.

The TBI Act, which BIAA advocates for provides funding to the CDC to conduct surveillance, prevention and public education programs on TBI. CDC provides free resources through the Heads Up Concussion Campaign for youth sports, schools, high school sports and practitionersBIAA is proud to partner with the CDC and to be a part of Safe Kids Capitol Day.

 

November 23, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack