Mission

With the goal of no seizures and no side effects, the National Association of Epilepsy Centers strives to make high quality healthcare available and affordable for epilepsy patients across the country.

NAEC is a non-profit 501c6 trade association with a membership of more than 100 specialized epilepsy centers in the United States. Founded in 1987 by physician-leaders committed to setting a national agenda for quality epilepsy care, NAEC educates public and private policymakers and regulators about appropriate patient care standards, reimbursement and medical services policies. NAEC is designed to complement, not compete with, the efforts of existing scientific and charitable epilepsy organizations.

Objectives
The primary objectives of NAEC are to connect people with epilepsy to specialized epilepsy care, and to support epileptologists and administrators in the operation of their epilepsy centers.

We do this by:

  • Linking people with providers of specialized epilepsy care.
     

  • Connecting epilepsy center members with each other for information sharing.
     

  • Notifying members and other organizations about ever-changing rules, regulations and reimbursement issues that affect the success of specialized epilepsy care in the United States.
     

  • Initiating positive changes in the way of public and private reimbursement policies, coding and legislation and regulations that govern the way specialized epilepsy care is delivered. Advocating for improved reimbursement for epilepsy services, hospital outpatient payments, inpatient hospital care, new technologies and practice costs of office-based epilepsy services in both the public and private realms.
     

  • Advocating for increased Federal support for epilepsy programs and health care policies benefiting people with epilepsy.
     

  • Collaborating with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and the Epilepsy Foundation (EF) on matters affecting epilepsy care by identifying areas and projects of mutual interest.
     

  • Maintaining solid working relationships with public and private organizations whose activities directly and indirectly affect access to high quality epilepsy care. For example, organizations like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC’s) epilepsy program, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organization (JCAHCO), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Ingenix.