NANOS Spotlight - April 2019 Issue

     

WELCOME TO NANOS SPOTLIGHT - SOCIETY NEWSLETTER

NANOS Spotlight is a Society newsletter that keeps NANOS members informed of what's going on in the Society, highlights member achievements, celebrates member successes and Society accomplishments, welcomes new members, summarizes member benefits, and much more. Enjoy our April issue below and click here to view past issues.


VOLUNTEER CORNER - NANOS HEROES

*NEW* NANOS Heroes Corner is the section of the NANOS Spotlight dedicated to NANOS volunteers. We are going to interview members who have made extraordinary contributions of time, energy, and resources to NANOS and have contributed to the overall success and growth of our organization. Meet our April hero, Dr. Lanning Kline! 

DR. LANNING KLINE, NANOS AMBASSADOR AND 2019 MERIT AWARD WINNER

Lanning Kline, MD

Ophthalmology or Neurology? Ophthalmology

What was the best clinical pearl you learned in fellowship? Listen to the patient.

What are the top 3 things you’ve learned over the last 5 years? 1) Listen to the patient;  2) Avoid cognitive biases including *“anchoring”, **“confirming” and ***“framing”; 3) Always review the neuroimaging studies with a neuro-radiologist.

Tell us about your involvement with NANOS! Involvement in NANOS is a natural progression after completing a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship.  In order to keep up with the latest developments in our field, it is essential to attend the BEST meeting available.  Without doubt, NANOS puts on the best educational meeting for our subspecialty.  Serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology allowed me to see the excellence in scholarship within our society.

What would you say to members who want to be more involved in NANOS? It’s easy to get involved in NANOS. Just speak up & volunteer; your voice will be heard & you’ll promptly be involved!

What do you know at this stage in your career that you wish you knew when you first joined NANOS? To keep NANOS as a vibrant and forward-looking organization takes a lot of time and effort.  We need to recognize our leadership for their outstanding service and play our part in making sure that NANOS is able to grow and flourish!

*Anchoring bias is the tendency to rely too heavily on certain information early in the diagnostic process, to be overly influenced by first impressions, and thereby to limit consideration of alternative explanations.
**Confirmation bias is the tendency to focus on information that supports, rather than refutes, our preconceptions.
***Framing bias occurs when different conclusions are drawn from the same information, depending on how that information is presented.


NANOS COMMITTEE CORNER - ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

*NEW* In the Committee Corner section of the NANOS Spotlight we'll be highlighting the work NANOS committees are doing and sharing the recent accomplishments or challenges that our volunteers have battled. The April issue features the NANOS Advocacy Committee chaired by Preston Calvert, MD.

Preston Calvert, MD
Chair,
Advocacy Committee

Prem Subramanian, MD, PhD Vice-Chair, Advocacy Committee

Committee Purpose? The purpose of the Advocacy Committee is to monitor proposals to change that will impact neuro-ophthalmic care, be it compensation models from CMS, national standards for certification or scope of care, etc. and then to disseminate and promote the viewpoint of NANOS regarding these issues.

Recent Achievements?

-The NANOS Advocacy Committee is pleased about our recent advocacy win regarding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final ruling related to E/M services.  As a result of all of our collective voices and advocacy efforts within NANOS and through our advocacy partnerships, CMS announced that they are delaying implementation of its proposal to collapse payment for E/M codes until 2021.  There will be no major E/M payment changes for 2019 as initially proposed.  Rather, CMS has modified its plan and in 2021 will collapse codes 2-4, BUT maintain level 5 as they recognize the effort and work involved with caring for complex patients. The CMS fact sheet with more details may be found here.

-Gained a seat for NANOS in the AMA House of Delegates.

Exemplary Committee Members? Adam DeBusk, Larry Frohman, Prem Subramanian


Future Goals? The NANOS Advocacy Committee will keep working with the Cognitive Specialties Coalition, AMA and AAO towards the following goals: 

  • Protect patient access to neuro-ophthalmology
  • Fight attempts to cut reimbursement for E/M codes
  • Gain recognition of complexity of care delivered by neuro-ophthalmologists
  • Propose innovative reimbursement strategies for subspecialists
  • Support measures to maintain patient choice of physician
  • Protect E/M coding levels to avoid payment cuts
  • Educate legislators regarding diversity of ophthalmic care
  • Promote neuro-ophthalmology based outcomes

Anything else? To better advocate for you and our subspecialty, NANOS may enlist your help with completing surveys or reaching out to your legislators. We can make a difference if we work together so please help out when asked!

Visit the NANOS Advocacy Committee page to learn more.


NANOS BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

In case you missed the NANOS Board Poster at the Annual Meeting, here's the recap of our Board members' superpowers! 

DID YOU KNOW?

Andy Lee wanted to be an astronaut.
Peter Quiros has a custom-made Tikibar and collects rum.
Preston Calvert is a professional car racer.
Nancy Newman’s dream was singing and dancing on Broadway.
Matt Kay has been to 150-200 Grateful Dead concerts.
Patty McNussen sponsors the yearly Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.
Heather Moss was captain of the MIT ice hockey team.
Prem Subramanian bicycles over 1000 miles per year.
Mark Moster serenades his wife with a guitar in the kitchen.
Valérie Biousse was a professional sweater knitter.
Larry Frohman collects vinyl comedy albums.
Ed FitzGibbon is an accomplished windsurfer.
Melissa Ko is a soprano and Star Wars geek.
Janet Rucker plays guitar and loves her Gibson Dove.
Tom Carlow almost was a Benedictine monk.

Left to right: Andrew G. Lee, MD, Laura Balcer, MD, Melissa Ko, MD, Matthew Kay, MD, Valerie Biousse, MD, Larry Frohman, MD, Nancy Newman, MD, Prem Subramanian, MD, PhD, Ed FitzGibbon, MD, Patricia Johnston McNussen, MD, Janet Rucker, MD, Preston Calvert, MD, Heather Moss, MD, PhD, Peter Quiros, MD, and Mark Moster, MD.

NANOS COMMITTEE AND ORGANIZATIONAL POSTERS

To say that these were a hit at the NANOS Annual Meeting is an understatement. Thank you to Dr. Valerie Biousse for coming up with this idea and thank you to all committees who helped raise awareness about how NANOS serves our members. If you missed it at the Annual Meeting, make sure to check out the NANOS Committee and Organizational Posters now!


MEMBER RECOGNITION PROGRAM

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

We are pleased to see that NANOS members are being highlighted in various media sources. Check out the articles below if you haven't done so already and make sure to follow us on Facebook to stay in the know of what's going on in the Neuro-Ophthalmology world.

MEMBER RECOGNITION PROGRAM DETAILS

At NANOS we are always proud to share our member successes. We believe that every member's accomplishments should be recognized, valued, and highlighted as our own. NANOS recognizes our members for their major awards, honors, and/or achievements in the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology through the 'NANOS Member Recognition' program. All members are encouraged to make submissions for the NANOS Member Recognition program! CLICK HERE to access the online submission form and acknowledge yourself or another NANOS member today (member login required)!

NANOS VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION

NANOS is proud to have an affluent pool of volunteers that work hard on behalf of our Society and help advance the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology. NANOS has more than 30 committees run by more than 400 volunteers who help us achieve our mission and goals. Thank you for all you do! Click here to view the list of NANOS Committees and volunteers.


MERIT AWARD - SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS

2020 MERIT AWARD NOMINATIONS 

NANOS invites you to submit your nominations for the NANOS 2020 Merit Award. Click here to read more and submit your nominations  

2019 MERIT AWARD RECIPIENTS  

Congratulations again to the NANOS 2019 Merit Award Recipients!
*NEW*
All Merit Award Winners are now given a complimentary meeting registration for our upcoming meeting!

  • Sachin Kedar, MD
  • Lanning Kline, MD
  • Christian J. Lueck, PhD, FRACP, FRCP (UK), FAAN

FELLOW MEMBERSHIP 

NANOS continues to recognize Fellow and International Fellow members at our Annual Meetings, where these members are presented with a certificate.
Eligible for Fellow Status? Please click here to find out more, download the application form, and apply now!


DONATE TO NANOS

NANOS RACE CAR FUNDRAISER UPDATE

NANOS Race Car Fundraiser organized and supported by Dr. Preston Calvert was a huge success and helped raise almost $6,000 for NANOS educational initiatives. Thank you to all supporters and volunteers who helped promote this event. It was a lot of fun! Check out the video and photos from this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

DONATE NOW

Enjoyed the 2019 Annual Meeting or made use of the NOVEL resources developed by NANOS volunteers? Consider making a donation to support our future meetings, research, and educational initiatives. Click here to view the list of current donors and make a donation. Thank you!


NANOS RESOURCES AND PRODUCTS

NOVEL PRODUCTS ON STAT!REF

  • *NEW* NANOS Examination Techniques for Neuro-Ophthalmology (NExT) is now available through Stat!Ref. Read more here.
  • Don't forget that NANOS members have access to the Stat!Ref version of the NOVEL Illustrated Curriculum (IC) through the NANOS members’ only section of the NANOS website (login/password required). 

SUBSCRIBE TO STAT!REF

Non-members and institutions must have a subscription to the IC and NExT products through Stat!Ref. If your institution does not yet have a subscription, please contact your health sciences or academic librarian and request the purchase! Every subscription helps support the NOVEL project. Read more about the Stat!Ref subscription here

NOVEL COLLECTIONS

The NANOS 2018 Annual Meeting is available on NOVEL. Click here to view all NOVEL collections. NANOS members will be notified when the NANOS 2019 Annual Meeting is available.

YONO PORTAL

The NANOS Young Neuro-ophthalmologist Committee (we call ourselves YONOs for short!) wants to remind you about the YONO portal that has been specifically designed to help young members of NANOS or those interested in Neuro-ophthalmology navigate their way into a career in Neuro-ophthalmology. 
Click here to explore our resources and job/career tools.


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SOCIAL MEDIA

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