NPF released an important study stressing the importance of neurologist care at the 18th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Stockholm this week. The key finding is that expert neurologist care not only saves about 4,600 lives, but better access to this care could prevent the deaths of another nearly 7,000 people with Parkinson's disease each year in the U.S. alone.
Since 2011, NPF has worked with PAN and the NPF Center of Excellence network to address the challenges resulting from the Medicare therapy gap and the Medicare “Improvement Standard” for services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy. Effective this year, Medicare beneficiaries can no longer be denied coverage for therapy solely for lack of improvement. For more information, please call NPF’s Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).
Join us on Thursday, August 14th for a special webinar featuring guest speaker Christopher W. Hess, MD. Dr. Hess will discuss ways to minimize pain and fatigue, two often overlooked yet common symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Read the latest What's Hot in PD? column by NPF's National Medical Director, Dr. Michael S. Okun, to learn about a new study showing that Sinemet is a safe initial therapy for treatment of Parkinson's disease.