Neurosurgical Coding Tips
Many of the AANS and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) coding and reimbursement committee members responsible for the development and valuation of the neurosurgery-related codes also serve as AANS course faculty. As experts in optimizing reimbursement and claim denials, they are the most qualified to teach this material for the AANS Managing Coding course. They share their expert knowledge by publishing a coding tip in the AANS E-News every other month (archived issues of the AANS E-News can be found using MyAANS.org). A list of neurosurgical coding tips can also be found here.
N2QOD Expands Deformity Registry
The National Neurosurgery Quality Outcomes Database (N2QOD) launched the Spinal Deformity Module in January 2015, which focused on non-complex deformity, capturing kyphosis and scoliosis cases. The spinal deformity module will be further expanded this month to include complex deformity and imaging. There are 22 centers currently participating in the non-complex deformity module. The spinal deformity module was developed by the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves working with the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and the N2QOD Scientific Committee. The N2QOD spine registry is in its third year. Nearly 20,000 patients have been enrolled in the lumbar database and over 6,000 patients are enrolled in the cervical database to date, making N2QOD the largest spine registry in North America. There are over 70 centers participating in the spine registry across the country. To read more about N2QOD’s clinical registry focused on spine and neurosurgical outcomes, click here.
The Redesigned MyAANS.org Makes its Debut
The freshly redesigned MyAANS.org is now available to use. Be sure to log in and take a look around the site's new look and feel. In addition, MyAANS is now mobile and tablet friendly. However, if you're having trouble viewing the menus, try refreshing your page or clearing your browser cache. Click here to view the newly redesigned MyAANS.org.
Save the Date – From Cranial to Spine: An Overview of Neurosurgical Topics for the Advanced Practice Provider
Aug. 24-27, 2016 | Denver, CO
The purpose of this course is to provide physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advanced practice providers (APPs) with a wide spectrum of neurosurgical topics through lectures and case studies. In order to give each attendee a unique learning experience, this course is led by a mix of neurosurgical and APP faculty members. Registration opens March 2016. Click here for more information.
Wishes Come True: Emile Greer, Neurosurgical Patient Story
In December 2005, Emile Greer, then 12 years old, was diagnosed with a glial neuronal tumor the size of a large plum. In 2007, two years after having resection surgery at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, his tumor grew back. During this time, the Make-A-Wish Foundation offered Greer an opportunity to “make a wish,” which is when the journey through his health challenges took a few unexpected, yet adventurous and enjoyable turns. Read more about Emile Greer’s story here, and find out how far he’s come the past 10 years.
AANS Neurosurgeon Photo Essay: One Couple’s Brain Tumor Journey
In the September 2015 issue of AANS Neurosurgeon, a photo essay was published that documented an extraordinary couple, Josh and Jenna Buehler, who, in the midst of an overwhelming diagnosis and life-altering events, permitted a photojournalist to document their journey with brain cancer. Click here to view their photo essay that exposes the entirety of the patient experience, these images are raw, real, honest and humbling; they bring the viewer face-to-face with the humanity of medicine through the Buehler’s lives.
The Alzheimer's Foundation Reflects on 20 years of Research
The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation has for the past 20 years worked to educate patients, caregivers and fellow researchers on the disease, which affects 5.3 million Americans. Led by Nobel Laureate and neuroscientist Dr. Paul Greengard, researchers in the foundation’s lab say they have emerged from the "dark ages" of Alzheimer’s disease research and are experiencing a renaissance period. “The foundation and Dr. Greengard have two main priorities,” Dr. Marc Flajolet, assistant research professor at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation said. “One is to understand the disease, and the other is to use this knowledge to transform it into a cure.” Researchers explained that one breakthrough involves understanding the very beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease that involves several small molecules of genes and said the next step is for the lab to develop drugs with medicinal chemists, in order to use the molecules as a way to block that step and reduce the buildup of amyloid plaques, which is a hallmark of the disease. To read more, click here.