Preconference Courses

7 am–5:45 pm Thursday, January 11

Certificate of Attendance: Advanced Neuraxial Neuromodulation

The purpose of the Certificate of Attendance course is to provide an educational platform, offered through NANS, to educate and train physician providers on the evidence-based and appropriate utilization of implantable therapies for pain management (spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery). The course will consist of 2 educational parts, including a hands-on cadaver lab, where spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal therapy implantation techniques are reviewed. Further, attendees will have scheduled didactics focusing on the core objectives described below.

Target Audience

This course is designed for those who have already completed residency and/or Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) fellowship training and are interested in formalizing neuromodulation in their practice.

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7 am–5:45 pm Thursday, January 11

Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Offered through NANS, the Certificate of Attendance course in peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is a groundbreaking course that will provide evidence-based and expert-driven instruction on PNS. The first of its kind, the course will utilize ultrasound and fluoroscopy for PNS targets in the extremities, trunk, pelvis, and head/neck. The course will include a comprehensive didactic offering, cadaver lab, live scan models, and anatomic dissections. The faculty is composed of ultrasound gurus and peripheral nerve surgeons.

Target Audience

This course is designed for those who have already completed residency and/or ACGME fellowship training. Participants should incorporate ultrasound-guided procedures in their practice and are interested in expanding their knowledge and expertise with peripheral nerve stimulation.

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7 am–5:45 pm Thursday, January 11

Hands-On Cadaver Course for Engineers

This premier opportunity offers engineers the opportunity to learn cutting-edge neuromodulation techniques and principles of implementation in clinical practice under the direction of experienced faculty. This event combines didactics on spinal cord stimulation, deep brain stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery, as well as other approved clinical applications of neuromodulation strategies, with practical hands-on training in a cadaver laboratory. By developing a broader understanding of the existing technologies and their current applications, attendees will be better equipped to identify and understand the importance of device design and the improvements necessary to advance the field of neuromodulation. This workshop intends to foster a platform for multidisciplinary networking opportunity and create excitement in the neuromodulation space through shared lectures and content with concomitant Pain, Neurosurgery, and Neurology workshops.

Target Audience

Engineers working or conducting research in the field of neuromodulation.

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7 am–5:45 pm Thursday, January 11

Neurology Neuromodulation Workshop

The Neurology Neuromodulation Workshop offers neurology residents didactic learning and a cadaver lab to study neuromodulation therapies, highlighting the role of the neurologist in a multidisciplinary setting. Attendees train in the use of deep brain stimulation, intrathecal medication management for pain and spasticity, and neuromodulation for chronic pain. Workshop participants must be members of NANS in good standing and are selected by an application process. Shared didactic content and cadaver learning among the other specialty workshops, including pain, neurosurgery, and engineering, foster a multidisciplinary network.

Target Audience

This course is designed for neurology residents

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7 am–5:45 pm Thursday, January 11

Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Neurosurgery Residents and Fellows

This event combines didactics on spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery systems, as well as other approved clinical applications of neuromodulation strategies, with practical hands-on training in a cadaver laboratory. This premier training opportunity offers neurosurgery residents the opportunity to learn cutting-edge neuromodulation techniques and principles of implementation in clinical practice. Techniques explored include spinal cord and dorsal root ganglion stimulation trials and implants, intrathecal drug delivery trials and implants, deep brain stimulation trials and implants, and maintenance of neuromodulation therapies. Participants are under the direction of experienced faculty. Workshop participants must be members of NANS in good standing and are selected by an application and lottery process. This workshop’s intent is to foster a platform for multidisciplinary networking opportunity and create excitement in the neuromodulation space through shared lectures and content with concomitant Neurology and Engineering workshops.

Target Audience

This course is designed for neurosurgery residents.

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7 am–5:45 pm Thursday, January 11

Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

This event combines didactics on spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery systems, as well as other approved clinical applications of neuromodulation strategies, with practical hands-on training in a cadaver laboratory. This premier training opportunity offers pain medicine fellows the opportunity to learn cutting-edge neuromodulation techniques and principles of implementation in clinical practice. Techniques explored include spinal cord and dorsal root ganglion stimulation trials and implants, intrathecal drug delivery trials and implants, deep brain stimulation trials and implants, and maintenance of neuromodulation therapies. Participants are under the direction of experienced faculty. Workshop participants must be members of NANS in good standing and are selected by an application and lottery process. This workshop’s intent is to foster a platform for multidisciplinary networking opportunity and create excitement in the neuromodulation space through shared lectures and content with concomitant Neurology and Engineering workshops.

Target Audience

This course is designed for pain fellows.

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8 am–3:45 pm Thursday, January 11

Coding & Billing Workshop

This event provides a comprehensive presentation of the current billing and coding environment delivered by leading experts in the field of neuromodulation. The course will highlight the importance of clinical documentation and appropriate coding, while also discussing the impact of changes in federal programs on payment. Focusing on implantable therapies there will be discussions on emerging therapies, intrathecal pump management, and pump refills as well as other salient issues in neuromodulation. The role of advocacy at the state and federal level to preserve reimbursement also will be discussed.

Target Audience

Physicians, fellows and chief residents, practice managers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, surgery schedulers, coders, billing office staff, and other office staff members. When physicians attend with their reimbursement team, this provides the highest return on investment because the entire team hears and takes the same message home to implement change.

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8 am–4:30 pm Thursday, January 11

I Just Inherited 100 Pumps Patients: What Do I Do Now? A Case-Based Approach

Intrathecal drug delivery is a well-established intervention for chronic pain and severe spasticity with more than 3 decades of clinic use. However, this therapy can present significant challenges to the clinicians who are responsible for management of these systems. The purpose of this course is to review the principles of intrathecal therapy management for the less experienced clinicians. Strategies to improve patient selection and evaluation, implantation, post-implantation management, troubleshooting, and therapy optimization will be discussed.

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Faculty subject to change.