Child neurology in the 21st century: More than the sum of our RVUs

Mary L. Zupanc, Bruce H. Cohen, Peter B. Kang, David E. Mandelbaum, Jonathan Mink, Mark Mintz, Ann Tilton, William Trescher

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Abstract

In September 2017, the Child Neurology Society (CNS) convened a special task force to review the practice of child neurology in the United States. This was deemed a necessity by our membership, as our colleagues expressed discouragement and burnout by the increase in workload without additional resources; reliance on work relative value units (wRVUs) as the sole basis of compensation; a push by administrators for providers to see more patients with less allotted time; and lack of administrative, educational, and research support. The CNS Task Force designed and distributed a survey to multiple academic divisions of various sizes, as well as to private practices. Our findings were strikingly similar across different practices, demonstrating high workloads, lack of resources, poor electronic medical record support, and high provider symptoms of fatigue and burnout. From the results, the CNS Task Force has concluded that wRVUs cannot be the sole basis of compensation for child neurology. We have also made several specific recommendations for alleviating the current situation, including innovative ways to fund child neurology as well as ways to enhance job satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalNeurology
Volume94
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 14 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology

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    Zupanc, M. L., Cohen, B. H., Kang, P. B., Mandelbaum, D. E., Mink, J., Mintz, M., Tilton, A., & Trescher, W. (2020). Child neurology in the 21st century: More than the sum of our RVUs. Neurology, 94(2), 75-82. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000008784