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New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Waiver Program--Important Meeting
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is continuing its efforts to transition participants in the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver Program into managed care and the Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Program. The Health Department continues its efforts despite wide spread opposition from TBI Waiver participants and other stakeholders including the Brain Injury Association of New York State.
The transition has serious implications for all TBI Waiver participants and may jeopardize their continued eligibility or the types of services they receive.
A workgroup meeting has been scheduled by DOH for Wednesday March 1, 2017 10:00 am -12:00pm, but an agenda has not been announced. [nothing like waiting to last moment to surprise everyone, but typical of the attitude of the Health Department to persons with a brain injury]
Stakeholders are invited to either attend in person in Albany at the Office of the Division of Long Term Care: One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, room 1613, or via webinar/conference call.
To participate by webinar or call you must first register.
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March 2017 Brain Injury Conferences
Here is a list of brain injury conferences scheduled for March, 2017:
Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference
Scripps Brain Injury Conference
San Diego, CA
BIA of Virginia Annual Conference
BIA of Nebraska Annual Conference
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World Congress on Brain Injury
The 12th World Conference on Brain Injury is scheduled to take place from March 29 to April 1, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. My partner, Shana De Caro and I are both scheduled to attend and participate in the legal conference. The international conference is the largest multidisciplinary gathering of brain injury professionals with an outstanding faculty and program. Click here for more information.
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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Conference
A conference reviewing developments in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy will be held at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center on November 3rd & 4th, 2016.
Boston University, Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02215
More information can be obtained by clicking here.
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12th World Congress on Brain Injury--Call for Abstracts
The 12th World Congress on Brain Injury will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel March 29 - April 1, 2017. The congress has issues a call for abstracts. The deadline for submitting an abstract is November 7, 2016. More information can be obtained by clicking here.
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Congressional Brain Injury Caucus Briefing Scheduled for Tuesday Sept 13 on CTE
Neuroscience Caucus to Hold Briefing on CTE Next Week
On Sept. 13, 2016, the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus and the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, in partnership with the American Brain Coalition, the American Academy of Neurology, and the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, will present a briefing that explores our current understanding of sports-related injuries and research efforts aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of these injuries on the human brain. The briefing, "Sports-Related Brain Injuries: From the NFL to the Laboratory," will be held from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Capitol Visitors Center H-201A-B. This briefing will feature Chris Borland, a linebacker formerly of the San Francisco 49ers who stunned the sports world by retiring after one year in the NFL due to concerns about CTE. Chris is now forming a foundation to work with high school athletes who serve their communities. Dr. Ann McKee, a professor of Neurology & Pathology at Boston University, who is a renowned brain researcher and one of the leading authorities on TBI and CTE in the nation, will also be presenting information.
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Brain Injury Association of America--Newly Announced Webinars
April 21, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
David Strauss Memorial Lecture: Cognitive Rehabilitation Focus on Awareness, Sheldon Herring, PhD
Dr. Herring will describe clinical implications and treatment of awareness deficits.
May 18, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
Carolyn Rocchio Caregivers Webinar: Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior after Brain Injury: The Role of the Family, Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD
Dr. Vaishnavi, Director of The Neuropsychiatric Clinic and author of the book The Traumatized Brain, will discuss ways to help families understand the long-term neuropsychiatric symptoms of brain injury, and offer strategies for how they can help.
July 13, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
Robert Sbordone Memorial Lecture: Gender and Sex Differences in Concussion, Katherine Price Snedaker, LCSW
Ms. Snedaker will discuss the latest gender-based research on concussion/mTBI and how those findings might inform clinical practice.
July 21, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
Carolyn Rocchio Caregivers Webinar: How to Select the Right App and Use Strategies Consistently, Michelle Wild, MA
Ms. Wild will will pose four questions to ask when deciding which apps to download, go through each question to evaluate several apps to illustrate the process, and cover ways to improve the consistent use of compensatory strategies on a daily basis.
July 26, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
David Strauss Memorial Lecture: Cognitive Rehabilitation Focus on Attention, John Whyte, MD, PhD
Dr. Whyte will discuss the organization of attention processes in the healthy brain, the occurrence and clinical implications of attention deficits following TBI, and cognitive rehabilitation strategies to improve outcomes.
September 14, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
Mitchell Rosenthal Memorial Lecture: Use of Internal Strategies as a Memory Compensation Technique after Brain Injury, Mary R.T. Kennedy, PhD, CCC-SLP, McKay Moore Sohlberg, PhD, CCC-SLP, and Therese O'Neil Pirozzi, ScD, CCC-SLP
What are internal strategy options for post-TBI memory impairment? In this webinar, Drs. Kennedy, Sohlberg, and Pirozzi will discuss the evidence supporting various internal memory strategies and demonstrate the key systematic instructional principles for teaching internal memory strategies.
September 22, 2016: 3
pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
BIAA Webinar: Post-TBI Headache, Nathan Zasler, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBIST
Dr. Zasler will provide insights into the myriad causes of headache following brain, head, and/or neck injuries; review headache classification, etiology and pathophysiology; and describe treatment options for the various subtypes of PTHA.
October 19, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2pm CT, 1pm MT, noon PT
Carolyn Rocchio Caregivers Webinar: Strategies for Families Managing Personality Changes after Brain Injury, Allan Grill, CRC, MFT
Mr. Grill will discuss how families deal with the personality changes a person with a brain injury might present after an injury; offer some insights into strategies families can use and useful resources for professionals to share with families; and include case scenarios, followed by a discussion about issues and concepts that families need to understand to effectively manage behavioral and personality challenges.
November 9, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
Business of Brain Injury Webinar: A Review of Medicaid Waivers for TBI, Janet Williams, PhD
Dr. Williams will address the philosophy behind Medicaid Waivers, how they differ from state to state, how rehabilitation providers may provide services under the waivers, and how people with brain injury may access services through waivers.
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New Documentary examines NCAA Commercial Exploitation of Athletes
Commercial exploitation of athletes, exposing college athletes to brain damage, using and abusing college students in the name of sports. These are some of the topics explored in the first documentary examining the conduct of the NCAA. The film, The Business of Athletes will be previewed on April 28th at 7:30 PM in the Bronx at the Showcase Cinema, Concourse Plaza, 214 E 161st St, Bronx, NY. But only, if enough people purchase tickets in advance. You can get more information by clicking here. Here is a link to the trailer and a review by the Mike O'Keefe of the Daily News, click here The film maker, Bob DeMars has graciously selected The Brain Injury Association of America for donation's.
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New York State Brain Injury Advocacy Day
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) has scheduled its first Brain Injury Advocacy Day for Wednesday, March 23 in Albany, New York.
Advocates will be traveling to Albany from all around the state to help legislators understand that many New Yorkers with brain injury need comprehensive, coordinated long-term care, and that changes proposed by the state Department of Health could lead to harmful service cuts for these individuals.
Your voice and participation in this event is important to alert your legislators to the importance of protecting the rights of victims of brain injury.
To join the Brain Injury Association of New York in Albany on March 23rd, please click here to for further information and to register.
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Brain injury is reached epidemic levels in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year in the United States there are:
52,000 deaths attributable to TBI
275,000 hospitalizations attributable to TBI
1,365,000 emergency department visits attributable to TBI
If individuals who sustained a concussion and did not seek any emergency treatment were included in these statistics or were treated for injuries in a hospital where TBI was not the primary diagnosis, the CDC estimates over 3.5 million Americans each year were victims of brain damage.
The CDC estimates the direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost wages and productivity totals $60 billion dollars when last measured in 2000.
Although brain injury is receiving increased attention because of the media focus on professional athletes sustaining traumatic brain injury and returning service members who have sustained blast related brain damage, the vast majority of individuals with brain injury are part of a silent epidemic who do not receive the attention, treatment and social services they deserve.
The Brain Injury Association of America and its state affiliates sponsors many activities and programs during Brain Injury Awareness Month to raise public awareness of this injury that may last a life time.
For further information, go to the Brain Injury Association of America web site.
If you or a loved one is a victim of traumatic brain injury, the brain injury law firm of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP may be able to provide legal assistance.