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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

8:00am - 9:30am

NERVES Survey Committee & Board Meeting Malibu/Santa Monica

10:00am - 1:00pm

NERVES Survey Committee & Board Meeting Malibu/Santa Monica

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Attendee Registration Bayview Foyer

3:00pm - 5:30pm

Exhibitor Registration & Set Up Bayview

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Roundtable Discussions
Academic Practice Catalina
Hospital Based Practices Peninsula
Private - Small (1-5 Surgeons) Palisades
Private - Medium & Large (6+ Surgeons) Malibu/Santa Monica

5:30pm - 6:00pm

New Members/First Timers Meet & Greet Marriott Pool

6:00pm - 7:30pm

NERVES Welcome Reception Bayview

Thursday, April 20, 2023

7:15am - 4:15pm

NERVES Annual Meeting Registration Bayview Foyer

7:30am - 8:30am

Breakfast with Exhibitors Bayview

8:00am - 8:30am

Welcome & Opening Remarks Bayview

8:30am - 9:45am

Tim Roberts Annual Keynote Address: Bayview
Learned Excellence: The Key Performance Optimization Factors of High Performing Individuals and Teams

Eric Potterat, Ph.D. Performance Psychologist, Los Angeles Dodgers

Eric Potterat, Ph.D., is a high performance, sports clinical psychologist and a retired U.S. Navy Commander who worked directly with U.S. Navy SEALS during the last 10 years of his naval career. He will introduce NERVES to the 4 main attributes and characteristics that differentiate the most elite performers in the world from the non-elite.

Dr. Potterat has spent his career researching and working for some of the most exclusive organizations on the planet. Learn the what, the why, and the how behind techniques that research tells us are the best to deploy when trying to function optimally in high stress, high performance occupations. Whether it's the battlefield, the sport field, a medical practice, or the boardroom - grit, mindset, adversity tolerance and balance are incredibly important ingredients to the success of individuals and organizations. Join us to hear from Dr. Potterat and learn from these well-researched techniques that most high performers use to maintain excellence.
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9:45am - 10:15am

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Bayview

10:15am - 11:15am

General Session Bayview
Washington Update

Katie Orrico, Senior Vice President, Health Policy and Advocacy, AANS 

Is your practice ready for 2023? This year’s Washington Update presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the health policy and advocacy activities of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to: be aware of the public policy priorities of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the status of advocacy efforts, including a recap of 2022 and what’s in store for the future; be familiar with the results of the AANS/CNS prior authorization and AMA surveys and efforts to improve PA processes; understand the scope of efforts to address surprise medical bills.

11:15am - 11:30am

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Bayview

11:30am - 12:30pm

General Session Bayview
Reaching Beyond COVID: How the Post-COVID Economy will Affect Medical Practice and Healthcare
Jeff Goldsmith, Ph.D. President, Health Futures, Inc.

This session, NERVES participants will hear Jeff Goldsmith, Ph.D. President of Health Futures, Inc. present how the US health system dealt with the COVID pandemic, what we learned about clinical practice from the experience, financially how strained our healthcare system stands, and how the care system and neurosurgical practitioners will cope with post-pandemic stresses and within the wide array of political challenges.
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12:30pm - 1:45pm

Lunch & NERVES Business Meeting Sierra Ballroom
NeuroPoint Alliance Update
Dr. Mohamad Bydon

1:45pm - 2:30pm

General Session Bayview
NERVES 2022 Socio-Economic Survey Results

Mark Benninghoff, CMPE; Amber Moore, CPA; and Emily Penn, CPA, of Katz, Sapper & Miller

Join us to hear Katz Sapper & Miller’s annual review of the 2022 NERVES survey results (reporting 2021 data). Attendees will hear this year’s benchmarking standards for the neurosurgery industry and update attendees on salary and benefit trends.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Bayview

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Breakout Session I
100 Cyber Attack - It's Not If, It's When Bayview
Derek Cantrell, CEO; and Rebecca Ruegg Cowan, COO, of  Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine

This breakout session will discuss how a private practice neurosurgery group, Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine in Indianapolis, IN, coped with a ransomware cyberattack in the summer of 2022. Derek Cantrell, CEO and Rebecca Ruegg Cowan, COO will provide insight into preparing for the inevitable cyberattack.

  • What happened?
  • Operational response
  • Things we wished we knew
  • Practical Toolkit
  • Right and Wrong: Dealing with risk in private practice
  • Q & A

200 Preparing the Next Generation – Designing Your Resident Boot Camp Palisades
Kathy Tobin, MBA, MSHCA, Chief Administrator, Duke Neurosurgery

This session will discuss establishing residency programs to help with professional and personal issues focused on life after residency. The purpose of establishing a program is to ensure that residents have realistic expectations and are ready to enter the workforce. Discussion will include:

Professional – how to bill as an attending, interviewing skills, negotiating salaries, setting up your practice-working with advance practice providers and clinical support personnel.
Personal – buying your first house, loan repayment programs, financial planners.

4:10pm - 5:10pm

General Session Bayview
Are You Measuring What Matters?
Porter Jones, MD, Vice President of Clinical Transformation, Avant-garde Health

With a goal of driving value, healthcare organizations can achieve improvements, both financially and in patient outcomes. This session will focus on establishing care standards, detailing essential metrics to monitor and assess processes and supply utilization improvements. Attendees will advance their understanding of the cost, quality, and value of spine care, as well as some of the disparities in treatment, and be able to apply these insights to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve care.

For healthcare organizations pursuing Spine Center of Excellence certifications from the Joint Commission, DNV and commercial payers, tracking data and process metrics including outcomes, readmission rates, length of stay and cost per case is critical. Development and implementation of internal standards through planning, monitoring and measurement are key to improving patient care. Case study examples will be included to illustrate the concepts.

6:00pm - 10:00pm

NERVES Reception & Dinner at Sinder Lounge

Friday, April 21, 2023

7:45am - 8:30am

Breakfast & Networking with Exhibitors Bayview

8:30am - 9:30am

General Session Bayview
There’s Always A Way™: How to Cultivate Resilient, Focused, and Energized Teams During Uncertain Times

Alex Banayan

The pace of change in the business world is faster than ever before. It has never been more critical to an organization’s survival for teams to cultivate a DNA of resiliency, perseverance, and solution-orientated problem solving. In this empowering keynote, bestselling author Alex Banayan masterfully decodes the most critical and elusive skills needed for any organization to cultivate the mindsets of exponential growth, particularly during times of rapid change and uncertainty.

After interviews with Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, and dozens more of the world’s most innovative leaders, Banayan uncovered that there are fundamental skills that every organization needs—but that most people don’t talk about—to achieve their biggest goals during disruptive times. This keynote covers it all, with lessons including:

  • How do you transform persistence from being an esoteric word to being a living, breathing part of your day-to-day culture?
  • What are the unspoken dangers of over-persistence and how can you prevent them at your organization?
  • Why is the opposite of success not failure—and how does that shift in mindset help your employees take more risks and grow exponentially?
  • What’s the surprising difference between fearlessness and courage—and why does that critical difference lead to consistent breakthroughs in organizations of all sizes?

If you care about elevating your business—if you care about your employees being more resilient, more courageous, and more capable of making smart, innovative decisions—this keynote is what you’ve been waiting for.
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9:30am - 10:00am

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Bayview

10:00am - 11:00am

General Session Bayview
Building for Everyone
Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD. University of California San Francisco

A data-driven look through the lens of a cancer and brain tumor surgeon-scientist of how we build patient care for everyone.

11:00am - 12:00pm General Session Bayview
Coding Updates 2023
Teri Romano, Karen Zupko & Associates