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Last updated: June 7, 2024
Never miss a post by subscribing today! The mission of Neurosurgery Blog is to investigate and report on how health care policy affects patients, physicians and medical practice and to illustrate how the art and science of neurosurgery encompass much more than brain surgery. We invite you to visit the blog, subscribe and connect with […]
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Neurosurgeon Featured in Article on Joining a Spine Practice

Last updated: June 7, 2024
On May 10, Becker’s Spine Review published an article titled, “Here’s what to look out for when joining a spine practice.” Joining a spine practice takes more than finding a salary that is a good fit or managers you like. The article states that physicians should also evaluate operational factors behind a prospective employer. Neurosurgeon […]
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Neurosurgery Adopts Position Statement on AO Spine/PRAXIS Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Acute Spinal Cord Injury

Last updated: June 25, 2024
The AANS, CNS, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves and AANS/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care recently adopted a new position statement titled “AO Spine/PRAXIS Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Acute Spinal Cord Injury.” In the statement, the neurosurgical groups take issue with some of the […]
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AANS and CNS Voice Concerns about MIPS Total Per Capita Cost Measure

Last updated: June 25, 2024
The AANS and the CNS recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ contractor, Acumen, LLC, regarding its re-evaluation of the Total Per Capita Cost (TPCC) measure currently in use under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The TPCC measure evaluates the overall cost of care in both Medicare Part A and […]
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
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Neurosurgery Urges CMS to Reduce Burdens Associated with APM Participation

Last updated: June 7, 2024
On April 10, the AANS and the CNS joined dozens of national physician organizations and more than 100 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), health systems, hospitals, clinics and practices from across the country in opposing two recently finalized policies in the 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. These policies pertain to certified electronic health record technology utilization […]
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
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CMS Releases 2022 QPP Participation and Performance Data

Last updated: June 7, 2024
Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released national participation and performance data for the Quality Payment Program’s (QPP) 2022 performance year, including data related to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment model (APM) participation. Notable findings include: Additional information about 2022 participation/performance data and 2024 payment adjustments is available […]
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
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2024 MIPS Exception Application Now Available

Last updated: June 7, 2024
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its 2024 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Extreme and Uncontrollable (EUC) Circumstances exception application, which can be submitted for purposes of the 2024 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) through Dec. 31. Note that CMS will not accept MIPS EUC exception applications due to COVID-19 for […]
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
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AANS and CNS Respond to CMS RFI to Improve Transparency in Medicare Advantage

Last updated: June 25, 2024
On Jan. 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from the public regarding various aspects of Medicare Advantage (MA) data. On May 20, the AANS and the CNS joined the Alliance of Specialty Medicine in responding to the RFI, recommending CMS improve the availability of […]
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Neurosurgery Urges CMS to Recognize Complexity of “Add-on” CPT Codes

Last updated: June 25, 2024
On April 23, the AANS, CNS and AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves led an effort urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure access to care for certain spine procedures performed in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Specifically, the societies recommended that […]