Health Services Research

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Date/Time ET: Friday, December 3, 2021 - 11:30 AM  – 1:00 PM

Session Title: Equity & Quality of Neurological Care in the Virtual Care Era

Description: In this SIG we will discuss how the COVID-19 disruption of health care delivery has impacted the equity and quality of neurologic care. Speakers will cover the implications of the changes in routine inpatient and outpatient care, and subsequent significant growth of telehealth and digital health services from patient, caregiver, provider, and business perspectives. Speakers will also bring updates on best practices and assessments of quality and access to telehealth in both inpatient and outpatient spheres, and comment on the implication of the regulatory changes at the federal and state levels in response to COVID-19. Finally, we will uncover the most recent data on the growing disparities in health care from the impact of the pandemic and the digital health transformation. There will be a panel discussion on the obstacles to expanding health delivery systems due to the pandemic, and alternate approaches and delivery models to address these challenges.

Chair: Lidia Moura, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Co-Chair: Sahar Zafar, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School


  • Define the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on quality and equity of neurologic care
  • Demonstrate the utility of telehealth and digital health services in improving quality of neurologic care during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Promote coordinated care models that address growing disparities in health care during the COVID-19 pandemic


Learning Healthcare Systems to Reduce Transition Gaps for Pediatric and Adult Patients


Christine Baca, MD, MSHS, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Quality, Epilepsy Division Chair

Virginia Commonwealth University

Inequities in Neurology Amplified by the COVID-19 Pandemic: Is There a Cure?


Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc

Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Can Telemedicine Support High Quality Neurological Care During the COVID Pandemic?


Jason Smith, BA

Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Maria Donahue, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital


Continuing Medical Education

The American Neurological Association hosts a wide range of educational programs. These programs seek to enhance the development and success of those pursuing a career in academic neurology at all levels. There are educational offerings to benefit those at the beginning stages of their careers, including students and those in their first faculty position, as well as those looking for best practices in Chair level positions. These programs seek to enhance attendee success in the field of academic neurology and to contribute to the overall education of neurologists and neuroscientists.

The Special Interest Groups offer CME to eligible participants. Click here to see a complete breakdown of how many credits are available per session.

ACCME Accreditation, AMA Designation, and MIPS Statements **Pertaining to Each Session Awarding CME**

The American Neurological Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Neurological Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Completion of this accredited CME activity meets the expectations of an Accredited Safety or Quality Improvement Program (IA_PSPA_28) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS).


Instructions For Obtaining CME

Following the event, the evaluation and credit claiming system will open in OnDEC. Please complete the online evaluation by 12/31/2021 to obtain CME credit. You will be provided with a certificate after completing the evaluation. If you have any questions, please contact the ANA Meeting Coordinator at:

Click here to see a complete breakdown of how many credits are available per session.

Financial Disclosure Statements

The planners and faculty for this activity do not have any relationships to disclose unless listed here. Any relevant relationships with ACCME-defined ineligible companies will be mitigated according to ACCME Standards prior to the start of the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support

ANA received educational grants from the following ACCME-defined ineligible companies to support the CME aspects of this event: Added as confirmed.

DISCLAIMER: The ANA does not endorse or affiliate with third-party companies, products or services including those that may have elected to support the Special Interest Groups.