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Practice Restructuring in the COVID-19 Era

By CNS Spotlight, COVID-19, Cross PostNo Comments

From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other sources that we believe are relevant to our audience. We wanted to bring attention to this article from the Winter 2021 issue of Congress Quarterly titled “Considerations for Private Practice Groups in the Age of COVID.” Stacey Lang, an executive administrator at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a volunteer with the Neurosurgery Executives’ Resource Value & Education Society, outlines both short-term and long-term considerations for practice restructuring in the COVID-19 era, including staffing, facility and scheduling matters. Read More

RVU Compensation Model Insufficient for Measuring the Value of Academic Surgeons

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From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other sources that we believe are relevant to our audience. We wanted to bring attention to the recent analysis of the worth of neurosurgeons in academic departments by Elad I. Levy, MD, FAANS, MBA, FACS, FAHA; Kunal Vakharia, MD; and Michael Cournyea, CEO of the University at Buffalo Neurosurgery, Inc. This article from the Winter 2021 issue of Congress Quarterly examines how the relative value unit (RVU) system is insufficient for effectively measuring an academic surgeon’s impact and value and proposes alternative strategies for developing appropriate compensation models for teaching faculty. Read More

Novel Strategies for Reducing Health Care Costs

By CNS Spotlight, Cross Post, Healthcare CostsNo Comments

From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other sources that we believe are relevant to our audience. We wanted to bring attention to the article from the Winter 2021 issue of Congress Quarterly, titled “Cost Effectiveness in Cranioplasty: Investigational 3D-Printed Method for Patient-Specific Cranial Implant.” Daniel Solomon; Jonathan A. Forbes, MD, FAANS; Joseph S. Cheng, MD, MS, FAANS; and Alice Xu from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine examine methods to reduce the cost of patient-specific cranial implant (PSCI) by approximately 70% via 3D printing and investigational technology. Read More

Cross-Post — Neurosurgery Publishes Updated Return-to-Play Recommendations for Collision Athletes After Cervical Spine Injury: A Modified Delphi Consensus Study With the Cervical Spine Research Society

By CNS Spotlight, Spine Care, TraumaNo Comments

From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other places when we believe they hit the mark on an issue. We wanted to bring attention to these recommendations compiled by Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD and Gregory D. Schroeder, MD and others at the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) meeting in New York City. This article recently appeared in Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, which publishes research on clinical and experimental neurosurgery covering the very latest developments in science, technology and medicine. Read More

Cross-Post — Neurosurgery Publishes Decompressive Craniectomy Update to the Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

By CNS Spotlight, Cross Post, TBI, Traumatic Brain InjuryNo Comments

From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other places when we believe they hit the mark on an issue. Clinical guidelines have widespread impact and practical utility for practitioners. We want to bring attention to these updates, which recently appeared in Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, which publishes research on clinical and experimental neurosurgery covering the very latest developments in science, technology and medicine. Read More

The COVID-19 Challenge from a Health System Perspective

By CNS Spotlight, COVID-19, Guest Post, HealthNo Comments

It’s hard to believe that just over a month ago, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Michigan. We were all aware that it was coming, but really couldn’t imagine the profound impact this virus would have and the rapidity of the viral spread. Many reasons have been postulated for why Detroit in particular turned into one of the country’s most serious COVID-19 hotspots, including the fact that our international airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, is one of the 5 busiest hubs in the country. The resurgence of Michigan’s economy in the last few years also resulted in a dramatic rise in international industry business travel, including to China, Korea, Japan and Italy. Read More

We believe we’re through the peak of the surge, but we’re not ready to declare victory yet.

Steven N. Kalkanis, MD, FAANS

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 Global Pandemic: A Neurosurgical Treatment Algorithm

By CNS Spotlight, COVID-19, Faces of Neurosurgery, HealthNo Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting neurosurgical care at medical centers throughout the United States. Institutional and governmental recommendations are not specific to neurosurgery. Protocols are urgently needed to help neurosurgeons triage cases based on acuity, and also to minimize the risk of infection for both patients and peri-operative medical staff. In many academic tertiary care hospitals, there is limited personal protective equipment and staffing shortages. Read More