Neurosurgeons fight Medicare’s payment cuts to preserve quality and access to care in an already stressed health care system due to COVID-19.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) are fighting the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The uproar from the neurosurgery community comes from the estimated 7% payment cuts they will face at a time that our health care system is already under stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The reductions come from new policies for office and outpatient visits that the CMS will put into motion on January 1, 2021. The neurosurgery community argues that any cuts or changes to evaluation and management codes will compromise patient access to care and longer wait times.
According to Ann R. Stoink, MD, FAANS, a practicing neurosurgeon from Bloomington, Illinois, and chair for the AANS/CNS Washington Committee, states, “Now is not the time to reduce payments for surgical care, and if implemented as is, the Medicare payment rule will challenge an already fragile health care system.” Members from the Surgical Care Coalition and other groups are asking Congress to waive Medicare’s budget neutrality to prevent these cuts and to require that CMS apply an increase to the evaluation and management payments.
A survey conducted by the coalition found that: 74% of neurosurgeons are concerned about the finances of their practice. 38% have cut their own salary and 24% have taken on debt just to keep their doors open as a result of COVID-19. Over 76% are worried that they will have to cut employee’s salaries or permanently layoff employees.
“This was an ill-informed and dangerous policy for patients even before the pandemic started but could be even more detrimental as our health care system continues to weaken under COVID-19. If finalized, this proposal could result in neurosurgeons taking fewer Medicare patients leading to longer wait times and reduced access to care for older Americans, so Congress must act now to prevent this from happening,” Dr. Stroink concluded.
Source: Katie O. Orrico – American Association of Neurological Surgeons
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With summer in full swing, finding fun activities to do can be daunting. Regardless of where you live there are countless ways to have fun at-home, in your community, or in your state. Here 20 amazing summer stay-cation ideas to make it a blast.
Set some ground rules: (optional)
No phones, computers, or TV – Test yourself and get creative with a no phones, computers, or TV rule for a day.
Out and About
Visit a Nearby Tourist Spot- Be a tourist in your on hometown.
Take a day trip – get out in your state and explore places you have never been before. Pull out a map and go! Who knows you just might find some cool places you have never been in your own backyard.
Stay at a hometown hotel for a night or two. Or Airbnb it. – When we think vacation, we typically dream of tropical get away or scenic journeys to far away lands, but who says you can’t stay local and try out a nice hotel near you? Better yet, Airbnb a eclectic home, yurt or tiny house in your state and get out of Dodge for a weekend.
Take your camera for an adventure – Our phones have cameras. Take yours for a field trip, day trip, or weekend getaway. Make memories! You will be glad you did.
Tour a Local Factory, Winery, or Brewery – Taste your way to a fun day out with friends!
Go out for ice cream – I know the ice cream aisle at the grocery store may have some appeal, but nothing replaces the special trip to get ice cream our parents took us on.
Themed dinner and movie night – Go out to a great Italian place, have a glass of Chianti, and follow it up with the Godfather series. You pick your food and movie combo!
Fun in the sun
Get Wet – Spend the day at a river, lake, local pool or water park, or just head to the beach! If that sounds like too much effort, simply set up a slip & slide in the backyard. Kiddie pools can be for adults too. Set up a cool down tank in your back yard to fight the hot summer days.
Go Golfing – If dad is into real golf, consider spending an afternoon doing a family golf lesson; otherwise, stick to mini golf at a local novelty course!
Play Outside – Go fly a kite, take a walk, go for a bike ride, or take a hike–most state and national parks have at least a few walking, hiking, or biking trails to choose from.
Explore The Great Indoors
Finish a jig saw puzzle – If its to hot to go outside, buy a jigsaw puzzle, throw on some music and challenge yourself to complete it in one day! Or two. Get your friends to help out, the more help the better.
Stay in bed or take as many nappy poo’s as you want! – Rest and good quality sleep are sometimes hard to come by. Take a day and spoil your body and mind with some rest and recovery.
Buy a bunch of magazines – Tired of reading books, try picking up some magazines and lounge at-home or at park.
Make a collage – Got too many magazines? Create a vision board or dream collage of the things that matter to you or that you want in your life. Collages are a great way to get creative again. No experience necessary. Just glue, poster board and scissors.
Find a easy Read, Romance, fantasy, fiction – When was the last time you read a book for fun? Maybe high school, grade school? Go to a local library, amazon or used book store and find a tantalizing book to get lost in.
Camp in Your Own Backyard-Why not enjoy the great outdoors in your own backyard? Set up a tent and sleeping bags, build a fire (or use the grill) to cook s’mores, and camp out.
Picnic – This could be a full basket retreat to the park or a brown bag lunch in the grass. Just a change in scenery with some good simple food could brighten your day.
Hang up a hammock – Aiming for a low key day? Hang up a hammock inside or outside. Give yourself a nook to lay back, relax and enjoy a nap or a good book.
Break out some cards and board games – Dust them off everyone! Or go out and find one you and some friends can have a blast with over cocktails and small eats.
Got an itch to work and play?
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Looking for an adventure? Need a change of scenery? Look no further! Find out which locums destinations offer you the ability to work and play in the USA. Here are some great summer fun travel locations for locum tenens.
South Carolina –
Top places to visit – Charleston, Morris Islands, Lee Falls, Myrtle Beach
Charleston is a port city founded in 1670 featuring historic cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and horse-drawn carriage rides. If you like shopping, food, museums, and walking along the water, Charleston is filled with boutiques, historical architecture, southern-inspired restaurants, and beaches within walking distance.
Top places to visit – Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Franklin, Cookeville
If music is your thing, then Nashville or Memphis are epicenters for country, blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll lovers. Featuring the “Grand Ole Opry”, Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Blues Hall of Fame, and Stax Museum of American Soul Music are great starters for any music fan. But if food really calls you, some of the best beer and barbeque joints are in Tennessee.
Top places to visit – Outer Banks, Greenville, Greensboro, Highlands, New Bern, Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh
From sprawling, beautiful beaches to historic cities tucked away in the Blue Ridge mountains opening to vast parks and romantic getaways, there’s no shortage of fun. Whether
Top places to visit – Galveston, Dallas, Austin, Shops at Legacy, San Antonio River Walk, Big Bend National Park, Wimberley, Fort Worth, Stock Yards
Dallas / Fort Worth / Austin –
With constant growth and opportunities in healthcare, as well as countless other perks like expansive parks, countless shopping venues, popular restaurants, outdoor activities, sporting events, and so much more Texas is a great destination for locums.
Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Island spans 27 miles long, is no more than 3 miles wide, and features six historic districts with 19th-century buildings. Galveston has more than 30 miles of beaches, 14 museums, and 20 art galleries, and many shops making it a fun travel destination for travelers. On top of that, Galveston has been recognized worldwide for its medical and healthcare research. For more information go to: Galveston.com.
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With physicians in high demand and opportunities abound, many residents want to find the right job to begin their new career. Some of their top concerns about finding their first job are:
- Earning a good income
- Educational debt
- Availability of free time
- Insufficient practice management knowledge
Because of this, final-year residents are choosing to do locums for their first job which addresses their top concerns.
In our recent blog 7 Benefits of Becoming a Locum Tenens Provider we listed some of the benefits of becoming a locum tenens provider. Some of those include:
- Access to better pay and can be a way to supplement your income while working a permanent job.
- Improved work/life balance and flexibility in your work schedule.
- Diverse work settings and opportunities to find out what you like or don’t like.
- The chance to travel to new places and meet new people.
In addition to these awesome benefits, final-year residents get access to various opportunities for mentorship as well. 38% of residents feel unprepared to face the business side of their practice. Locums offer residents the chance to explore different opportunities to work with different people and learn first-hand how different practices are run. It also allows residents to work with different staff, peers, and understand different office politics without committing to a permanent job.
MD Staff Pointe specializes in hospital-based locums and is a strong source for those looking for locums for their first job. Whether it is your first time or if you’re looking for a change we can help.
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