Message from the CSNS Chairperson
Mark E. Linskey, MD
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the CSNS Chair from Spring 2013 through Spring 2015. I have written two previous articles for the CNS Q first outlining our vision and goals for that 24 months and then reporting on our interim progress. I am very happy to say that the majority of what we set out to do is either completed, or nearing completion, and that we have even expanded the original vision to include significant additional goals, which have now also been met.
In regards to our number one priority goal of transforming the CNS into a truly integrated state and regional advocacy platform we have come a very long way in a very short time. We are now piloting two new initiatives working with the Washington office utilizing two new software programs. The first is a state legislative monitoring software module (State Track) purchased as an add-on to the existing CQ Roll Call© software (CQ Roll Call, Washington DC) already utilized within our Washington Office for federal legislative monitoring purposes. The second is Policy Reporter© (Policy reporter, Chicago, IL), a software program designed to provide an ongoing means of staying abreast of third party health care provider policy changes across payer populations within any given region. The first initiative will test real-time monitoring and communication between the CSNS, the Washington Office and the state piloting the program in terms of monitoring at and proactively engaging on planned or new state legislation with potential for significant impact on state and regional delivery of neurosurgical care to our patients. The second initiative will test real-time monitoring and communication between the CSNS, the Washington Office and the state piloting the program in terms of monitoring at and proactively engaging on planned or new third party payer policy changes with potential for significant impact on state and regional delivery of neurosurgical care to our patients. Both initiatives are now underway for 2015 and should report out their results in 2016.
After extensive study and thought as to how the CSNS can support the infrastructure and operational needs of existing state neurosurgical societies in terms of
Melany Thomas CSNS Endowed Fellowship Fund
$75,000 of $75,000 or 100%
Give to the Melany Thomas CSNS Endowed Fellowship Fund!
The CSNS has established the Melany Thomas CSNS endowed fellowship aimed to financially support a neurosurgical resident gain competence and understanding on the full spectrum of socioeconomic issues affecting the practice of neurosurgery.
The socioeconomic fellowships were established in 1999 and have been a very successful program in educating and training over 40 residents with the complex issues affecting neurosurgical practices.
A competitive process is in place for application and acceptance into the fellowship. The prospective fellows send an application which is reviewed by the Quadrant of the applicant's origin. Selection is made during the Quadrant's meeting at one of the semi-annual meetings and the selected applicant serves for a one-year term.
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