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Single-page summaries of Society resources for:

"McDonald Criteria" for Diagnosis

The 2010 revisions to the "McDonald Criteria" for the diagnosis of MS were published in the February 2011 issue of Annals of Neurology as a free access paper.

TipSheet: 2010 Revisions to the McDonald Criteria for the Diagnosis of MS (.pdf) 

AAN practice guidelines

Current American Academy of Neurology clinical practice guidelines and related tools, including patient and physician summaries of selected guidelines. Additional tools and new guidelines are added regularly.

Clinical tool for injection anxiety

A six-session program called Self-Injection Anxiety Training (SIAC), developed by David C. Mohr, PhD, and Darcy Cox, PsyD at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Behavioral Medicine Research Center (BMRC), has been shown to be effective in helping people overcome their fears and learn to self-inject.

The SIAC Patient Workbook and Counselor Manual can be downloaded as can information about the program's development and validation.

Health insurance appeal toolkit

Toolkit to aid in the dialogue between MS clinicians and health plans when disputes over coverage arise. Information for your patients about their appeal rights, responsibilities and procedures is available in Insurance and Money Matters.

Template health insurance appeal letters are developed by the Society after reports of coverage denials or limitations are received directly from people with MS or healthcare professionals. Society medical advisors determine which treatments need to be addressed, and review and approve template letters. As new therapies or evidence emerge, letters may be developed and disseminated between publication of revised editions of the Health Insurance Appeal  Letters:  A Toolkit for Clinicians (.pdf) which includes an overview of the appeals process, template appeal letters,citations and abstracts, Society or MS Coalition consensus documents to support clinical recommendations, and guide to additional resources and publications.

Additonal letters & abstracts

Affordable Care Act information and resources

Healthcare reform resources for people with MS and their families.

Private disability and SSDI claims guidebooks

Physical activity resources

Wheeled mobility

Clinical study measures

Information about frequently used clinical measures, including description, administration and scoring methods, psychometric properties, and literature citations. Test forms are provided where possible.

CCSVI

Read the latest information about CCSVI.

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MS Coalition Consensus on Disease-Modifying Therapy

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