Payment for physician services in the United States is directly tied to the payment system implemented in the Medicare system. The use of a code to categorize medical and surgical services, as well as a relative value system to assess physician services and reimburse them accordingly, is now well established. In light of this, it is important for physicians to possess knowledge of how this coding and reimbursement system was established, how it is updated, what means are available to modify it, and how it is used in practice. The author addresses these issues, offering a primer for the neurosurgeon on the Medicare system as it relates to physician payment.
Alan M. Scarrow
Ellen L. Air, Katie O. Orrico, Deborah L. Benzil, Alan M. Scarrow, James R. Bean, Catherine A. Mazzola, Linda M. Liau, James T. Rutka, and Karin M. Muraszko
Annual conferences, educational courses, and other meetings draw a diverse community of individuals, yet also create a unique environment without the traditional guard rails. Unlike events held at one's home institution, clear rules and jurisdiction have not been universally established. To promote the open exchange of ideas, as well as an environment conducive to professional growth of all participants, the leading neurosurgical professional organizations joined to delineate the expectations for anyone who participates in sponsored events. The One Neurosurgery Summit Taskforce on Professionalism and Harassment developed a foundational policy that establishes common expectations for behavior and a unified roadmap for the prompt response to untoward events. We hope that publishing this policy will inspire other medical organizations to establish their own meeting and conference policies. More importantly, we wish to bring greater attention to everyone's responsibility for ensuring a safe and respectful space for education, scientific debate, and networking during organized events.