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Tim Roberts Annual Keynote Address

Part 1: Navigating the Whirlwind: Burnout, COVID-19 and Your Personal Path Forward
Dike Drummond, MD – The Happy MD

This interactive, high-energy live workshop teaches how to recognize and prevent burnout, lower stress and build a more balanced life using insights from Dr. Drummond’s 2100+ hours of one-on-one time coaching and training.

  • Understand the difference between stress and burnout
  • Understand the three main symptoms of burnout
  • Be able to recognize burnout and themselves and others
  • Understand the first steps to reverse burnout in themselves and colleagues
  • Understand burnout pathophysiology, effects, complications and five main causes
  • Recognize burnout's true nature and highest and best use
  • Understand how to reach out to a colleague in distress

Part II: Transforming Physician Resistance to Change
Dike Drummond, MD – The Happy MD

This interactive, high energy, live workshop teaches the unique comfort zone of the practicing physician. Attendees learn why common patterns of physician resistance to change are to be expected as result of the conditioning of their medical education process. Multiple methods to connect with and influence of physician’s behavior are shared.

  • Understand why physician resistance to change is normal
  • Learn the unique “hub and spoke” comfort zone of physicians
  • Learn the two missing pieces to physician engagement in most organizations
  • Learn specific steps to enroll physicians in any change effort
  • Construct a personal action plan - with specific steps - to build physician engagement

Dike Drummond MD Full Bio

Transforming Health Care Through Automation and Behavioral Economics
David Asch, MD, MBA, AB

The last few decades have seen upending transformations in industries like retail, financial services, travel. But today, the fundamental practice of medicine remains structured the same way it was 50 years ago. The drugs, procedures, and diagnostic technologies have greatly improved, but the process of care has been essentially unaltered, with individual patients seeing individual doctors face to face in office visits. In banking, this would be like standing in line to talk to a bank teller to deposit your weekly paycheck or withdraw money to buy the week’s groceries. One source of that transformation has been the automation that makes processes more self-service and less personnel-intensive—all the more critical as workforce shortages may define the foreseeable future. A second is a greater understanding of human behavior, to make those processes consistent with largely engrained habits and patterns of human behavior that are like behavioral ‘reflexes.’ New insights from behavioral economics have helped us recognize that we can often help people engage in health promoting behavior more effectively if we try to work with those behavioral reflexes rather than trying to convince people to change their ways. The two themes intersect in forming a vision for health care transformation—one supported by automation, but guided by an understanding of how the behavior of real people is driven much more by reflexive patterns, framing, and emotion.

David A Asch, MD, Full Bio

Washington Update, Katie Orrico, AANS

Presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the health policy and advocacy activities of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Be aware of the public policy priorities of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the status of advocacy efforts, including a recap of 2021 and what’s in store for the future
  2. Be familiar with the results of the AANS/CNS prior authorization and AMA surveys and efforts to improve PA processes
  3. Understand the scope of efforts to address surprise medical bills.
Katie Orrico, AANS, Full Bio

100/200 Breakouts

101/201 Neurosurgery Anatomy and Terminology

Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP, Karen Zupko & Associates, Inc.

Ever wonder the difference between a TLIF, PLIF, and PLF? Want to know how to say amygdalohippocampectomy? Is it “arthrodesis” or “fusion”? We will discuss these acronyms and more during this neurosurgical anatomy and terminology session. Conditions, procedures and anatomy related to the nervous system (brain and spinal cord), musculoskeletal system (spine) and cerebrovascular (arteries and veins) area will be presented. Slides will include many images (no blood, we promise!) to enhance the visual experience.

102/202 – Daring to Inspire Growth + Change in Healthcare

Allison Holzer, M.A.T., M.F.A. & P.C.C. - Co-CEO + Chief Innovation Officer, InspireCorps

The only constants in today’s healthcare system are change and ambiguity. Unexpected healthcare industry and technology disruptions and innovations due to Covid make the future even more uncertain. Healthcare leaders need to navigate these murky waters with vision and clarity, reimagining what’s possible while also addressing current demands with confidence, agility and empathy. In order to do this, they will need to uncover and activate a new purpose that inspires them and those around them. In this session, Allison Holzer, co-author of the business management book Dare to Inspire, will unveil a new, research-based framework for healthcare executives and leaders to inspire themselves and others to innovate, reimagine what’s possible, and drive growth and change. She will draw on her original exploratory research, stories from her book, and insights from her experience as a globally sought-after Master Certified Coach for healthcare executives and senior leaders.


  • Understand why inspiration is a resource healthcare organizations need to invest in during times of change and complexity.
  • Experience a framework for inspiring change at individual, team and organizational levels.
  • Learn from success cases where inspiration was used strategically to enable organizational growth and engagement during challenging times.
  • Generate a purpose-driven vision for inspiring change and growth through communication, activation, and commitment.


Co-Management Agreements: Addressing Proper Set up and Fair Market Valuation

Anthony Long, FACHE, FACCA, CAMMA, MBA, Pinnacle

Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting will present on the design and valuation efforts behind setting up a co-management agreement (“CMA”). A CMA can be a valuable tool to advance the alignment between hospitals and specialty practices including but not limited to Neurosurgery, Neurology, Orthopedics, and Cardiology. Understanding and appreciating the goals of the parties is critical to long term CMA success. Frequently, organizations will hire a third party to establish a CMA but also to value the arrangement to ensure the compensation paid to the Manager is appropriate.

Pinnacle will discuss:

  1. Common design elements of a CMA
  2. Common pitfalls when structuring an arrangement
  3. Valuation considerations and what you need to know in preparation for executing a CMA

NERVES Survey Results

Mike Heaton, CPA, Katz, Sapper & Miller

Join us to hear Mike Heaton with Katz Sapper & Miller’s annual review of the 2020 NERVES survey results (reporting 2019 data). Heaton will present this year’s benchmarking standards for the neurosurgery industry and update attendees on salary and benefit trends.

Coding Updates & Hot Topics

Kim Pollock, Karen Zupko & Associates

This session will detail the 2022 neurosurgery code changes with a preview of new codes for 2022. Other hot topics will be discussed including common payment denial, prior authorization and coding issues.

Comfortable in the Uncomfortable

Roddy Chong

Many motivators have challenged audiences to move toward the uncomfortable in life. Roddy takes this concept a step farther — telling his audiences how to find comfort and innovate within the uncomfortable. This keynote shatters stale perceptions of potential, reality, and purpose and gives audience members instant action items they can take back to the workplace.


  • Audience members will learn to define their foundational goal in any endeavor — and how that foundational goal is actually achieved in the uncomfortable places in life and work
  • Participants will learn that discipline is not only for our children, but if we are truly disciplined, then our children will become more disciplined also
  • Members will also learn how correcting course from a failure is necessary to navigating the future more accurately


NERVES is pleased to welcome these partners and exhibitors to the 2022 Annual Meeting. Registrants can participate in Exhibitor Bingo for a chance to win a $250 gift card!

Curi is an advisory firm for physicians and medical practices. From insurance solutions to asset and wealth management and practice advisory services, the company—built by doctors for doctors—has been passionately curious about identifying new ways to meet the ever-evolving needs of physicians since it was founded as Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina in 1975.

HUB International 
HUB Healthcare Specialty Practice has specialists in every major healthcare market and combine technical expertise, concierge service, and global resources to address the unique liabilities of healthcare organizations; hospitals, hospital systems, medical foundations, medical practices, senior living and allied healthcare. Our expertise with physicians is well represented with approximately 35,000 physicians insured Nationwide.

Callagy Law 
At its simplest, we train in the highest forms of peak performance, human influence, including pattern disruption and aggression, leadership, and process and self mastery here at Callagy Law. We invest tremendous amounts of time and money to become better protectors, guardians, champions and warriors for you.

RosmanSearch, Inc. 
RosmanSearch, Inc. is a highly specialized recruitment firm. Our mission is to place quality providers with quality practices, academic departments and hospitals nationwide. We are the only search firm in the country with dedicated teams specializing solely in neurosurgery, neurology and urology. Our mission is to be the best, the most expert, and the one that is known for quality advice and real expertise—every time!

As a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, Medtronic improves the lives and health of millions of people each year. We use our deep clinical, therapeutic and economic expertise to address the complex challenges faced by healthcare systems today. Let’s take healthcare Further, Together. Learn more at

Choice Recovery 
Choice Recovery provides debt recovery services to 4,000 healthcare groups across the country. In just 3 years, we have recovered over $100M in revenue for our clients. Choice Recovery also partners with [re]start to help patients find meaningful employment. Together, we have helped over 1,000 patients find a new job!

CMAC aims to strengthen independent medical practices through physician-owned real estate by helping groups create sustainable, low-risk, and high-yielding real estate investments. CMAC acts as a financial advocate on behalf of such groups to find and implement innovative solutions and strategies which ultimately produce optimal real estate investment outcomes. CMAC applies the outcomes in the most competitive markets across the US to borrowers in every local market.

The Coding Network 
The Coding Network provides four primary products: remote coding services (ongoing or temporary), coding compliance audits, coding helpline services and provider documentation training. Our U.S. based certified coders/auditors provide services in 57 medical specialties, 50 states, 104 academic institutions, 350+ medical billing companies and numerous community-based practices and facilities.

Concentric Healthcare Consulting 
Concentric Healthcare Consulting specializes in managed care contracting, reimbursement analysis and alternative payment models. The firm handles all aspects of contracting including reimbursement assessment, financial modeling, contract negotiation and agreement language review. Principals in the firm all have extensive experience representing private physician practices, hospital employed physicians, ambulatory surgery centers and imaging centers in contract discussions with payors.

Cordata Healthcare Innovations
Cordata Spine is an online spine patient management solution that facilitates the intake of a patient’s medical history, clinician triage, nurse navigation and the collection of clinical outcomes data. Streamlining patient care in this way increases patient satisfaction, ancillary services, procedures and surgeries. Cordata Spine can also easily interface with electronic health records and provide analytics that give administrators the data they need to make decisions, improve processes and obtain accreditations. Visit for more information.

Hayes Locums 
At Hayes Locums, our passion is matching neurosurgeons to the right jobs. Whether you are looking to supplement your income, maintain your skills, or travel in search of new experiences, our team is ready to find you the perfect job. Once we find the right fit, we handle all the logistics: from expediting any credentialing or licensing paperwork needed to providing A-rated malpractice insurance. We even arrange all travel, lodging, and transportation. As a Locum Tenens physician, you are our singular focus.

SpineSearch provides recruitment services for neurosurgical and orthopedic practices. SpineSearch is led by experts in the industry who are knowledgeable about every dimension of the field. We invoke a commitment to those employed in the industry and can assist with all of your clinical and administrative recruitment needs. We recruit all levels of staff, from front desk to physician ...and everything in between!

Vital Records Control (VRC) 
For over three decades, VRC has built its reputation on communication and service. No matter your volume or regulatory needs, we’re committed to delivering the most reliable and effective records management solutions to all our clients.

Katz, Sapper & Miller
Katz, Sapper & Miller began as a small, dedicated CPA firm in Indianapolis and grew by helping our clients tend and advance their closely held, family-owned businesses. Inspiring great people to do great things is our mission. That may seem like a tall order for an advisory, tax, and audit firm, but we believe our purpose is to help others see possibilities, overcome their challenges, strive toward their dreams, and realize their potential. We call this “inspiration in action.”