Saturday, September 20, 2014

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellow, UF

Another Clinical Neurophysiology fellow opportunities for residents with adult/pediatric neurology background.

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program

DBS
Deep Brain Stimulation, Dept of Neurology, College of Medicine UF.

Description of Training

The Department of Neurology at the University of Florida offers a one-year fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology. Two positions are available, one with EEG/Epilepsy emphasis and the other with EMG/Neuromuscular emphasis. Both positions are accredited by the ACGME, and fellows who successfully complete the fellowship are eligible to take the Clinical Neurophysiology Exam offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in addition to the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG track) or the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG track). Applicants must have successfully completed an adult or pediatric neurology residency in the United States.
Clinical Neurophysiology Fellow training opportunities for Residents of Neuroloyg/Child Neurology, besides closely related fields as found below.

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

Clinical Neurophysiology (CN) is an area of medicine in which selected neurologic disorders involving central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems and muscles are assessed, monitored, and treated by a combination of clinical evaluation and electrophysiologic testing.
Neurology/Neurosurgyer photo montage
Johns Hopkins Medicine
This one-year training program in CN at Johns Hopkins emphasizes evaluation of the brain, especially in patients with epilepsy. There also is particular exposure to sleep disorders and polysomnography, and to intraoperative monitoring and evoked potentials, as well as instruction regarding motor and sensory nerve conduction studies, diagnostic electromyography, single-fiber electromyography, electrodiagnostic movement disorder assessment, testing of motor and sensory reflexes, and testing of the autonomic functions.
Fellows usually have completed an accredited Residency in Neurology or Child Neurology.  Physicians having completed an accredited residency in General Psychiatry or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are also eligible to apply.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

ASNM news alert about Sequestration and how it might affect Medicare fees for Practitioners..!

News Alert from ASNM: The American Society of Neurological Monitoring,  about the so called Sequestration? and its effect on medicare fee
Possible Sequestration Effects on IONM Reimbursement
As many of you have seen in the national news, the automatic legislative sequestration cuts were allowed to take effect at midnight on March 1.  As a result, all healthcare providers, including Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring providers, may see a cut in their Medicare reimbursement beginning April 1. This will account for a 2% reduction in Medicare reimbursement to providers.

It is vital that IONM practitioners review any guidance they receive from their Medicare Area Contractors (MAC), consult their MAC website and review their Medicare fee schedules to keep abreast of any reimbursement changes ahead.  Also, the national media will be covering these reimbursement changes and whether or not our legislative bodies determine that these potential cuts are finally allowed to proceed.
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Market Research and Research Report on Intraoperative Neuromonitoring?

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 06, 2013 / Updated: Thursday, Mar. 07, 2013 02:39 PM Fort Mills Times:

Fort Mills Times recently published the following news about a possible market research regarding the future of IONM field. Just when I was thinking about neuromonitoring field's current status and the future trajectory, comes this timely remainder from someone I am not sure a neuromonitoring professional. Actually, I was thinking of writing a Blog article about the same topic but it needs a lots of time, effort, some research and field study etc, may be few phone calls and emails etc to the folks in the field. Since, I saw the report online my curiosity shot up further upon looking at the Google instant email sent to me on this topic. So,I visited the links provided by FMT pointing to the Dublin based research markets sites. On the very top right corner of this site, I noticed that this report is available for a fee. However, I was shocked to realize that the fee begins with $2000, goes up further depending upon individual or enterprise, one heck of a rip-off, my blogs offer to the neuromonitoring field much better insights freely throughout..

""Briefly about the report: TechNavio's report, the Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market in the US 2012-2016, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report focuses on the US; it also covers the Intraoperative Neuromonitoring market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

The key vendors dominating this market space are Nuvasive Inc., BiotronicNeuroNetwork, Sentient Medical Systems, and SpecialityCare Inc.

Prices: 

  •   Electronic (PDF) 
     USD$ 2,000.00
  • 1 - 5 Users USD$ 2,300.00
  • Enterprisewide USD$ 3,000.00""

The first thing came to my mind, is there someone out there who knows about neuromonitoring field better than me or some of my colleagues like Dr.Joe Salamy.... no way. And, a cost of $2000?, you can't sell this to me?. For years My Blog provides a valuable and useful information, tons of background information and knowledge pretty much everything and anything about this field free online, spent enormous amount of time and I do this to my field and I do this for those who practice in this field and for those who show more interest into Brain and Spine areas. I am not going to pay such hefty fee to someone who has no idea of this IONM field and that is a rip-off price for a research report. I urge my readers and viewers to be diligent if you really want to spend that much money?, wait for a professionals report, keep on eye on the blog and I will post Editorial on this topic sometime soon..

Research and Markets: Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market in the US 2012-2016

DUBLIN -- 
Research and Markets(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nz8rc5/intraoperative) has announced the addition of the "Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market in the US 2012-2016" report to their offering.
TechNavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report - Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market in the US 2012-2016. TechNavio today launched its report, Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market in the US 2012-2016, based on an in-depth analysis exclusively focusing on the US. The report aims to aid decision makers' understanding of the significant trends impacting this market.

Monday, December 24, 2012

PhysIOM, the IONM company acquired by Pronerve!!

PE-Backed ProNerve Buys PhysIOM Group

Posted on: December 21, 2012 
Most recent buy out IONM companies, Pronerve acquires PhysIOM!!
ProNerve, which is backed by Waud Capital Partners, has acquired PhysIOM Group, a Colorado-based provider of intraoperative neuromonitoring. Terms were not disclosed. PRESS RELEASE Waud Capital Partners (“WCP”) announced today that its portfolio company, ProNerve (the “Company”), has acquired PhysIOM Group, LLC (“PhysIOM”), one of the largest providers of intraoperative neuromonitoring (“IONM”) services in the western and southeastern United States. Headquartered in Colorado, PhysIOM serves over 290 hospital clients across 33 states. PhysIOM represents ProNerve’s third acquisition in 2012 and establishes the Company as a national provider of IONM services and the market leading provider of IONM services in the western United States. “Having a stated objective of building the leading provider of IONM services in the western United States, we are thrilled to complete this business combination,” said David Neighbours, Partner at Waud Capital Partners. WCP first invested in ProNerve in February 2012 and has also completed acquisitions for ProNerve in Washington and Arizona. “Individually, both companies are well respected in our field, but combined we have a stronger platform from which to serve our customers,” said Luke Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of ProNerve. “I look forward to working with PhysIOM’s management team as I believe their strengths to be complementary to our organization.” “We are eager to begin the process of joining forces with ProNerve,” said former PhysIOM Chief Executive Officer Rick Flores, who will become President of ProNerve. “PhysIOM’s employees, clinicians and clients have all welcomed the news of this merger.”

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ISIN Conference and Travel Awards!

Visit here for more information.
ISIN: International Society of Intraoperative Neurophysiology, upcoming conference
ISIN: travel Fellowships

Friday, June 8, 2012

Breaking news from ABRET?

BREAKING News on EEG Certification

As of 2013 an Oral EEG Examination will no longer be required for the
R. EEG T . credentialing process.

This applies to candidates starting the process in 2013 who meet the new eligibility requirements.
Candidates will take 2 computer based exams:
Part I:  Fundamental Concepts
Part II:  Application of Concepts/Pattern Recognition

EEG Exam Eligibility Requirements

ABRET has been focused on the competency and evaluation of technologists serving the neurology community, and patients, for over 45 years.

EEG Written Examination Eligibility Requirements
As of January 1, 2012 the following eligibility requirements will be in effect for the EEG Examination
1. Education & Training
a.  Be enrolled as a current student, or a graduate of a CAAHEP* Accredited END Program, OR
b.  Have a minimum of an associate degree and two years of END experience, at least 50% of which must be in a clinical EEG setting, OR
c.  Candidate is taking the examination for recertification no more than one year prior to expiration of his/her current R. EEG T. credential.  Technologists who were previously registered in EEG, and are taking the exam to reinstate a lapsed credential must meet all current eligibility requirements, and submit all required documentation.
2. All candidates must have a current CPR card or proof of hands-on CPR training. A copy of the CPR card must accompany the application.

EP Exam Eligibility Requirements

ABRET has been focused on the competency and evaluation of technologists serving the neurology community, and patients, for over 45 years.

Evoked Potential Written Examination
As of January 1, 2012 the following eligibility requirements will be in effect for the Evoked Potential Examination
1.   Education & Training
a.  Be enrolled as a current student, or a graduate of a CAAHEP* Accredited END Program, OR
b.  Have a minimum of an associate degree and two years of END experience, OR
c.  Candidate is taking the examination for recertification no more than one year prior to expiration of his/her current R. EP T. credential.  Technologists who were previously registered in EP, and are taking the exam to reinstate a lapsed credential must meet all current eligibility requirements, and submit all required documentation.
2.   All candidates must have a current CPR card or proof of hands-on CPR training.  A copy of the CPR card must accompany the application.

Search about: Neuromonitoring

NeuroMonitoring Companies: Europe

Providers in Europe:
Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Practice at UniversitatsSpital Zurich:

NeuroMonitoring Suppliers in Europe:
1.CPS Medical: NeuroCode AG

NeuroMonitoring Supplier in Russia:
1.Neurosoft, Medical Diagnostic Equipment
Worldwide Distribution list

IONM in New Zealand:

What are the chances of getting a job?

Opportunities to get into neurophysiology technologist jobs are very limited, as there are only 20 neurophysiology technologists employed in New Zealand.

IONM in Switzerland:
Anandic Medical Systems a local Swiz company with GE Partnership that does neuromonitoring and neonatal pediatric neuromonitoring monitoring.

Medical/Health Care: Insurance Companies and IONM Policies, in their Eyes!?

Here is what the insurance Co Anthem Blue thinks about what is medically necessary or investigational as per their policies!

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

  • Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring, including, but not limited to the following: Somatosensory-evoked potentials, brainstem auditory-evoked potentials, visual-evoked potential, EMG, motor-evoked potentials, and EEG, when performed during spinal, intracranial, or vascular procedures, is considered medically necessary if the medical appropriateness criteria are met. (See Medical Appropriateness below.)

  • Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring for other indications is considered investigational.

  • Any device utilized for this procedure must have FDA approval specific to the indication, otherwise it will be considered investigational. See also: Visual and Auditory Evoked Potential