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NCS Currents Sept 2016

NEUROCRITICAL CARE ADVOCACY The NCS Advocacy Committee Year in Review By Tamer Abdelhak, MD, Sarah Livesay, DNP, and Peter Papadakos, MD As we conclude another successful year, the NCS Advocacy Committee implemented a number of projects aimed at supporting patients and families affected by critical illness as well as the caregivers providing neurocritical care. The Advocacy Committee completed a patient and family brochure that explains common neurocritical care illnesses, the interdisciplinary team involved in patient care, and a catalogue of numerous internet resources for patients and families in the Neuro ICU. The brochure is available for order from the NCS website in bulk batches of 25 and it is also available as a free download from the website. Over the past year, the Advocacy Committee worked to translate this brochure into several languages including Spanish, French, Arabic, and German. The investment in translation will meet the needs of non-English speakers in the U.S. as well as assist families in Neuro ICUs across the globe. We recognized that the NCS did not have an organized process to handle media inquiries or to promote our society’s great work. Therefore, the Advocacy Committee developed a media speaker’s bureau and process for handling media questions. To Tamer Abdelhak, MD better train our members in media interactions, we initiated a very successful and popular media training workshop that will be repeated this year during the Annual Meeting. We are also working to streamline the process of media inquiries and now have an NCS media page on the website with instructions for how to contact society leaders for interviews or quotes. To address our internet visibility and to increase recognition and presence of the NCS, the Advocacy Committee just launched an NCS Wikipedia page. Wikipedia serves as a popular information warehouse and is a great medium to spread the word about the society’s mission, vision, and work. Visit the Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurocritical_care_society. In keeping with the Wikipedia process, the initial NCS page is brief and Advocacy Committee members are working weekly to add information. Additionally, we are working on a project to document the history of the NCS and the evolution of neurocritical care. Keep an eye out over the next year for interviews and articles detailing the history of the NCS. To address concerns regarding professional recognition and billing, the Advocacy Committee led an initiative to add neurocritical care as a taxonomy code under neurology when applying for and using a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number. In collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the United Council for Neurologic Specialties (UCNS), and the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC), the NCS submitted an application to the National Uniform Claim Committee to create a unique code for neurocritical care. The code helps to establish the subspecialty of neurocritical care and may positively impact reimbursement as payment models continue to be reformed. Over the next several months, the committee plans to conduct another salary and practice survey to understand the current business and financial models of neurocritical care in the U.S. All this would not have been possible without the relentless work of NCS Advocacy Committee members and the NCS Executive Office staff. Committee members worked tirelessly to help fulfill our advocacy agenda. With that in mind, we always aim to engage and involve all members in these advocacy efforts. We are also always changing and refreshing our structure. This year, Sarah Livesay will step down as co-chair of the committee and Peter Papadakos will step into the co-chair role. We thank all of our members for their continued support and advocacy efforts to promote the NCS and care for patients with catastrophic neurological conditions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the committee if you have additional thoughts or suggestions for NCS advocacy. Sarah Livesay, DNP Peter Papadakos, MD 14


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