Health care is central to our daily lives and policymakers in Washington, DC have an enormous influence and control over this vital aspect of society. Yet, despite this, most people cannot see what goes on behind the scenes of health policy circles in our Nation’s capital. There is no shortage of organizations with ideas and opinions, but, what most people don’t realize is that most of those opinions and ideas come from a process in which good policies often fall by the wayside, trumped by politics. It is in this very notion where the idea for the AANS/CNS Washington office’s Neurosurgery Blog was born. We believe it’s imperative to always give an honest take on key health policy discussions—whether it’s good, bad, or just plain ugly—even if, in some cases, it makes us unpopular or ruffles a few political feathers.
The mission of Neurosurgery Blog is not only to investigate how health care policy affects health care practice and to illustrate that the art and science of neurosurgery encompasses much more than brain surgery, but it’s also to get people talking about health care in an open and honest way. We invite you to visit the blog and subscribe to it, as well as connect with us on our various social media platforms, so that you can keep your pulse on the many health-policy activities happening in the nation’s capital.