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Resource lists for you and your patients

Check out these handy lists of National MS Society resources for healthcare professionals and people living with MS.

"McDonald Criteria" for the diagnosis of MS

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. We will be making available updated pocket cards summarizing the revised diagnostic criteria as soon as possible. In the meanwhile, download a TipSheet here:

AAN practice guidelines

Current AAN 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

Many people with MS are unable to self-inject their disease-modifying medications due to anxiety.

A 6-session program called "Self-Injection Anxiety Training," developed by David C. Mohr, PhD, and Darcy Cox, Psy.D. 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. The workbook and manual can also be requested from the PRC at

Health insurance appeal letters: A Toolkit for Clinicians

The National MS Society developed this guide as a resource for clinicians and administrative staff in clinical practice settings. The purpose of this guide is 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 the Insurance and Money Matters section of this Website.

Template health insurance appeal letters are developed by Society staff after reports of coverage denials or limitations are received directly from people with MS or healthcare professionals.  Society staff work in collaboration with our medical advisors to determine which treatments need to be addressed with a template letter, and all template letters are reviewed and approved by these same medical advisors.  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) (see "Additional Appeal Letters & Abstracts' below).


  • Overview of the appeals process
  • Template appeal letters on CD
  • Citations and abstracts, plus National MS Society consensus documents, to support clinical recommendations
  • Guide to additional resources and publications

Additonal Appeal Letters & Abstracts

SSDI guidebook for clinicians

A guidebook to facilitate discussion between healthcare professionals and their patients about the Social Security disability benefit application process and streamline efforts to document eligibility.

Worksheets and Sample Letters

Worksheets and Sample Letters

Private disability claims guidebook for clinicians

A guidebook to assist healthcare professionals who are supporting their MS patients through the process of filing claims for private long-term disability benefits.

Wheeled mobility resources

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.

Affordable Care Act information and resources

Healthcare reform resources for people with MS and their families.


Read the latest information about CCSVI.

Physical activity resources


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