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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

1:00pm - 6:00pm

Attendee Registration Lobby

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Northwestern Neurosurgery Spine Center of Excellence Tour Lobby
The Northwestern Neurosurgery Center Tour will leave the Loews' Lobby at 12:45pm. We will be walking together to the center for the tour. If you plan to meet at the center directly, please meet the group at 1pm at 259 E. Eire.

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Roundtable Discussions

Academic Practice Maher
Hospital Based Practices Adler
Private - Small & Medium (1-10 Surgeons) Burnham A
Private - Large (11+ Surgeons) Burnham B

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Exhibitor Registration and Set Up Sullivan ABC

5:00pm - 6:00pm

New Members/First Timers Meet & Greet Pullman

6:00pm - 7:30pm

NERVES Welcome Reception Sullivan ABC

Thursday, May 2, 2024

7:15am - 4:15pm

NERVES Annual Meeting Registration Lobby

7:30am - 8:30am

Breakfast with Exhibitors Sullivan ABC

8:00am - 8:30am

Welcome & Opening Remarks Sullivan ABC

8:30am - 9:45am

Tim Roberts Annual Keynote Address Sullivan ABC
Transforming Lived Experience Into Action and Access
Cindy Nava, Public Policy Advocate and Political Strategist
Experience the path to utilizing resilience and lived experience to create unprecedented impact across sectors: from healthcare to education to immigration and housing. As a former undocumented immigrant for over 20 years, to a brain surgery survivor to becoming the 1st Former DACA recipient to obtain a White House Political Appointment, Cindy will discuss the steps, lessons learned and tactics that prevail during times of despair, lack of access, and resources to overcome life's hardest battles and moments through strategic and optimistic action that leads to long term policy change and access.

Sponsored by:

9:45am - 10:15am

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Sullivan ABC Foyer

10:15am - 11:15am

General Session Sullivan ABC
Are Your People Tanking Your Bottom Line?
Amanda Hammett, Core Elevation
The fact of the matter is if you don’t understand millennials, you can’t keep them. With that in mind, we will bust prevailing millennial myths and replace them with facts about this often misunderstood generation. Next, we will learn about the psychology of WHY they do what they do at work. Participants will be provided with a formula that will reveal a major area of missing profits from your bottom line.

Sponsored by:

11:15am - 11:30am

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Sullivan ABC Foyer

11:30am - 12:30pm

Breakout Sessions

2024 Coding Updates Maher
Nicola Hawkinson, DNP, RN, RNFA, Founder, SpineSearch
Delve into the world of neurosurgical coding with a primary focus on spine coding. The session aims to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the latest updates and key considerations in this dynamic field. Nicola will present crucial spine coding updates, offering insights into both orthopedics and pain management within the realm of spine coding. Gain knowledge that goes beyond the surface, exploring the nuances of coding in neurosurgery.

Conversations That Make You Sweat Burnham A&B
Amanda Hammett, Core Elevation
Life requires you to engage in conversations that make you uncomfortable - maybe even sweaty. Some call them “difficult,” others say they are “hard,” and I group them all together to call them Tough Conversations. Discover the skills to master conversations that make you sweat.

Using the NERVES Socio-Economic Survey to Revamp Compensation Adler
Donna Bailer, JD, LLM, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham "UAB"
Kirsten Yelvington, MSHM, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham "UAB"

Using the NEVES Socio-Economic Survey, the Department of Neurosurgery at UAB revamped its physician compensation plans for its adult MDs, pediatric neurosurgery MDs, Neurointerventional Radiologist and Neurologist. Previously the department used AAMC benchmarks for salary and Vizient benchmarks for wRVUs. The session will step through the directives of the institution for new compensation plan requirements, the approach and goals of the new plan for the department, issues related to academic data and rank from the survey, as well as extrapolation of data points into a chart by 5 percentile increments. Variable pay percentage and factors will also be discussed as well as the treatment of a chair’s pool, call pay, and administrative stipends. At the conclusion, participants should be better prepared to address decision points they may face as they develop a compensation plan using NERVES survey data.

12:30pm - 1:45pm

Lunch & NERVES Business Meeting Sullivan ABC

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Chicago Excursions Meet in lobby at designated times
2:20pm - The Famous Chicago Architecture River Tour
2:30pm - Private Wrigley Field Tour
2:45pm - Chicago Gangster Tour

6:30pm - 10:00pm

NERVES Reception & Dinner Cityview Terrace

Friday, May 3, 2023

7:45am - 8:30am

Breakfast & Networking with Exhibitors Sullivan ABC Foyer

8:30am - 9:30am General Session Sullivan ABC
Bridging Clinical and Insurance Perspectives: Neurosurgery Insights Through the Lens of a Payer Medical Director
Gregory J. Przybylski, MD, MBA,
Chairman, Department of Neuroscience, JFK University Medical Center
Professor of Neurosurgery, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
9:30am - 10:00am

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Sullivan ABC Foyer

10:00am - 11:00am

General Session Sullivan ABC
NERVES 2023 Socio Economic Survey Results
Amber Moore and Emily Penn, Katz Sapper & Miller
Join us to hear Katz Sapper & Miller’s annual review of the 2023 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.

11:00am - 12:00pm

General Session Sullivan ABC
Neurosciences Landscape Update: The Convergence of Strategy & Digital Health
Kate Zentner, Sg2