Beyond the Operating Room: Managing your Medical Practice

James S. Harrop, MD, FACS
Antonia Callas

Medical practice management requires a physician or provider to deal with a tremendous variety of issues. During this time of challenging industry transformation, medical professionals must stay on top of a complex healthcare system and manage a busy practice, all while continuing to focus on serving patient needs.

The 2016 CNS Annual Meeting addresses these multiple issues with a series of practice management courses. The cnsq asked Scientific Program Chair Dr. James S. Harrop about the thought process behind these highly anticipated sessions.

Congress Quarterly: Why there an increased focus on practice management topics at the CNS Annual Meeting this year?

Dr. James Harrop: Each year the Annual Meeting Committee spends considerable time going through the members’ comments and ratings of the annual meeting courses. Over the last few years we have noted an increase of comments about these courses and a request to add more variety. Therefore, we sought out the thought leaders on these topics and modified the courses available.

CNSQ: How will this year’s courses help neurosurgeons run a successful practice?

JH: There has been a rapid evolution in medicine over the last several decades. Unfortunately, with this rapid change our residency programs have fallen behind a little. Presently, a neurosurgeon is not only a physician and surgeon, but is now being asked to become a business person. These courses are an opportunity for people with established practices to understand more about government regulations, EMR, PQRS, etc. In addition, we hope to provide a foundation for future neurosurgeons in these areas.

We have seven practical courses taking place on Saturday and Sunday that deal with a variety of practice management topics, from leadership to managing your online reputation, and understanding how to apply the metrics behind ratings. One course deals with the challenges of extended life and developing a strategic plan for the future. The course is being held as an open exchange forum, and participants are freely invited to provide their input. We’re dealing with a topic that could be considered beyond the “science,” but these are relevant and important issues we face during our careers.

CNSQ: What new courses are being prepared for the future?

JH: This is where membership input is extremely valuable. Again, we place high value on attendees’ comments and rating of each course. Further, if you have an idea for a new course or see a void in neurosurgery education we are happy to listen to your ideas.