NHF Congratulates Latest CAQ in Headache Medicine Class

Over the last couple of years the National Headache Foundation has developed a program to better help you—the headache and migraine sufferer. The Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Headache Medicine was reinstated to better set the standards for headache practice and assist those with headache in locating clinicians who could provide optimal headache-related health care. Continue Reading

Sample Letter Asking CMS to Withdraw Proposed New Medicare Part B Payment Model

On March 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that would implement a new “Medicare Part B Payment Model” that could adversely impact patients. On behalf of the members of the National Headache Foundation, we would greatly appreciate your consideration to review the new payment model and to let Congressional leadership know the concerns of those physicians involved in headache medicine.


We are especially concerned that this precedent will be applied to implementation of the value-based pricing models, which are far more complex and for which the proposal provides only brief, vague descriptions. Such rapid, nationwide implementation of this program is tantamount to experimenting on Medicare beneficiaries. The program must be rescinded until more evidence is collected on appropriate strategies to improve care for these patients—rather than chase near-term cost cuts at their expense.

We hope that you consider sending a letter to Congressional leaders. We have taken the liberty of including a sample letter on our website.

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Free Educational Webinar: Women and Migraine


Migraine is a debilitating disorder affecting up to one in four households. Women bear the grunt of the burden as nearly three times more women are affected than men. As women progress through the stages of life the preponderance towards headaches may change due to hormonal influences. Patients and providers a-like need to recognize these milestones and adjust and modify treatment plans to fit each individual throughout each phase of life.

About Ashley Holdridge D.O.

Dr. Holdridge is a board-certified neurologist and the current medical director of The Comprehensive Headache Center at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare located in Franklin, Wisconsin. She attended medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency in Neurology at The University of Alabama Birmingham. She went on to finish a fellowship in Head and Facial Pain at The Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago, Illinois which was partnered with Loyola University Medical Center. She has obtained Certification of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine by the National Headache Foundation.