NANOS Spotlight - July 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 July 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. Here we will 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 July hero, Dr. Lynn Gordon! 

DR. LYNN GORDON, NANOS AMBASSADOR AND 2017 MERIT AWARD WINNER

Lynn Gordon, MD, PhD

Ophthalmology or Neurology? Ophthalmology, board certified

What was the best clinical pearl you learned in fellowship?
Perhaps the two best pearls that I learned and remain true today:  1) Take a really thorough history and listen to the patient, they will often lead you to the diagnosis.  2) When the neuroradiologist says: “normal” go and look for yourself, they can make an addendum.

What are the top 3 things you’ve learned over the last 5 years?
Well, I left fellowship a long time ago, much longer than 5 years.  1) Keep up to date with the changing faces of diagnostics and therapeutics.  Patient presentations may appear stable over time but the decision trees change both in how we make diagnoses and optimize therapy. 
2) Emotional intelligence is critically important, understanding your own style and valuing other individuals' styles improve the doctor-patient relationship as well as your relationships with others.
3) Value your relationships with and respect for colleagues and trainees – get involved in organizations, improve your teaching methods, approach challenges with humility. 

Tell us about your involvement with NANOS! I have been a member for more than 25 years.  When I first joined NANOS it was daunting to be surrounded by so much brilliance, and I had a bit of the “imposter syndrome” but my initial attendance at the women in neuro-ophthalmology luncheons gave me some confidence to volunteer to become involved.  

Since those first few years I have participated in numerous committees including: membership, research, education, Frank B. Walsh, patient information, FFS/NANOS grant review, women in neuro-ophthalmology, and nominating committee.  I am a past chair of the Neuro-ophthalmology Pilot Grant Program and the research committee. I was a prior nominee from NANOS to the leadership development program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology which I completed in 2008 and I was a member of the NANOS Board from 2012-2015.  

My professional and personal life has been greatly enriched by my friendships and activities in NANOS.  Along the way I met incredible individuals who mentored me, colleagues who educated me, shared incredible meals, traveled to wonderful places, and received more from these interactions than I gave.

What would you say to members who want to be more involved in NANOS? Just do it  (apologies if this invokes athleticism). Really, just volunteer and get involved.

What do you know at this stage in your career that you wish you knew when you first joined NANOS? As noted earlier I was initially intimidated by those in NANOS --- really everyone is talented and you should just participate to whatever level you can.  Your professional life will be greatly enriched by your active involvement in NANOS and you can give back and help others feel welcomed and included.


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 
*NEW* All Merit Award Winners are now given a complimentary meeting registration for our upcoming meeting!


COMMITTEE CORNER - PRACTICE SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Mark Moster, MD

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 July issue features the NANOS Practice Support and Carrier Relations Committee chaired by Mark Moster, MD.

Here's Mark's report:

Committee Purpose? To address developing concerns regarding the availability of financial, personnel, and support resources required for the delivery of quality neuro-ophthalmic practice, both in the academic and private practice spheres. To assist in identifying and circulating best practices, both clinical and administrative.

Exemplary Committee Members? All committee members listed here have worked hard and contributed to our support tools. John Pula has been invaluable as the Vice Chair and he and Kevin Lai have created many of our documents that you can find here.

Recent Achievements? Our recent documents to support Neuro-Ophthalmic Practice appear in the Practice Support Tools section of the NANOS website. New this year are the NANOS Statement on the Use of Prolonged Services CPT Codes and a letter supporting the Frequency of OCT testing in Neuro-Ophthalmology (by Larry Frohman).
These are in addition to our documents added in the past 2 years on Medical Coding in Ophthalmology, a statement justifying the imaging appropriate for Horner syndrome, a statement jusfitying the use of eye codes by neurology trained neuro-opthalmologists and AAO documents on MIPS and ICd-10 codes for neuro-ophthalmology.

Future Goals?

  • We are soon to post information on billable phone calls both to patients and other physicians. Additionally we will be posting further justification documents for OCT billing.
  • We are planning on a coding seminar at the 2020 NANOS meeting in Amelia Island as well.

Click here to view the roster of the Practice Support and Carrier Relations Committee.


PRACTICE SUPPORT COMMITTEE

PRACTICE SUPPORT TOOLS

Larry Frohman and the NANOS Practice Support & Carrier Relations Committee have created a document for use.  NANOS members may be experiencing problems of RFNL OCTs being denied by Medicare even with accepted OCT codes if the OCTs are performed more than twice per year.  Because we understand that in neuro-ophthalmology OCTs may be needed more frequently than this, this letter can be adapted to fit the needs of the physician and submitted for purposes of obtaining authorization for reimbursement. 


2020 ANNUAL MEETING UPDATE

  • It's time to submit your abstract. Read more
  • Submit your application for the Thomas and Susan Carlow Young Investigator Award. Read more
  • Book your room today. Room share is back! Read more

NANOS RESEARCH PROGRAMS

  • *NEW* Fight for Sight/NANOS joint Award. Read more
  • Thomas and Susan Carlow Young Investigator Award. Read more

MEMBER RECOGNITION PROGRAM

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 


John Chen, MD, PhD

Congratulations to John Chen, MD, PhD on being chosen via a competitive selection process to participate in the American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program (LDP) XXII, class of 2020. Read more

Ray Buncic, MD

Congratulations to Ray Buncic, MD, NANOS long-time member, who was just announced as being appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for his pioneering contributions to the field of pediatric neuro-ophthalmology, notably through his mentorship of multiple generations of pediatric eye specialists.
This is a wonderful honour for Dr. Buncic and a fitting recognition for all of his accomplishments.

 

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

MEMBER RECOGNITION PROGRAM DETAILS

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)!


JNO UPDATE

GREAT CONVERSATIONS COMING SOON

Stay tuned to the upcoming JNO News section for a new feature entitled "Great Conversations," which will highlight members in NANOS who have made unique contributions to the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology, service to their institution, community service, or NANOS. 


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

Enjoyed the 2019 Annual Meeting, or made use of the NOVEL resources or Practice Management Tools 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.


STAY CONNECTED

NANOS SOCIAL MEDIA

Like NANOS on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@NANOSTweets) to share your membership and Annual Meeting experience.

JNO SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE

The Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology (JNO) recently enhanced its presence on social media. We would like to invite you to join JNO on the several social media platforms. *Please note that a new Facebook page had to be created; You can use the link below to guide you to the updated page:

1- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Journal-of-Neuro-Ophthalmology-296572064377909/
2- Twitter: https://twitter.com/journalneurooph
3- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/journal-of-neuro-ophthalmology-53ab85178/
4- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/journalneurooph/

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NANOS IN THE NEWS

NANOS members have successfully presented a poster on Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowships and Careers at the AAN Faculty and Trainee Reception at the AAN 2018 Annual Meeting.

Are you in search of a Neuro-Ophthalmology fellowship? Please visit our Fellowship page for openings.