Master Surgeon in Neurosurgery

In partnership with key opinion leaders and industry professionals, SRC developed the Master Surgeon in Neurosurgey (MSNS) program. The MSNS program identifies surgeons who provide excellent neurosurgery care and are dedicated to continuously improving healthcare quality and patient safety.

The MSNS program has two distinct differences from the Center of Excellence in Neurosurgery (COENS) program:

  • Designees will receive a unique seal and certificate that they can use to promote their Master Surgeon status.
  • There is no hospital co-accreditation requirement. The hospital is not required to pay program fees or meet the COENS requirements. However, the hospital must be willing to participate in the inspection (whether virtual or on-site) that is conducted to verify the surgeon’s compliance with the MSNS requirements.

The MSNS program is an excellent way for patients to identify world-class neurosurgeons who hold themselves to a higher standard.

If you’re interested in accreditation, please complete the Accreditation Program Information Form or contact businessdevelopment@nullsurgicalreview.org.

 

Program Requirements

1: Surgical Experience

The applicant has served as the primary surgeon for at least 150 neurosurgical procedures in their lifetime and performs at least 150 procedures annually.

Procedures performed at any facility may be used toward volume. Surgeons must have served as the primary surgeon for a procedure to qualify. If the surgeon’s role as primary surgeon has been properly documented, procedures performed during fellowship may qualify. Cases in which the surgeon served as co-surgeon or assisting surgeon do not qualify.

Each procedure used for volume must be thoroughly documented to enable a medical chart review.

Volume waivers may be approved in some circumstances

2: Equipment and Instruments

The applicant performs neurosurgery in a facility that has a full line of equipment and surgical instruments to provide appropriate perioperative care for their patients. The applicant’s facility has documented training for appropriate staff in the safe operation of this equipment.

3: Surgeon Dedication

The applicant spends a significant portion of their effort in the field of neurosurgery and has active, full privileges in neurosurgery at the facility participating in their inspection.

The applicant is board-certified or an active candidate for board certification in their surgical specialty by the highest certifying authority available.

The applicant completes at least 12 hours of continuing medical education (CME) focused on orthopedic surgery every three years. Only American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Credits or similar credits from a CME accrediting body outside the United States or three national or international meetings qualify.

4: Clinical Pathways and Standardized Operating Procedures

Operating Procedures

The applicant formally develops and implements clinical pathways that facilitate the standardization of perioperative care for neurosurgery procedures. The following pathways are required:

  • Anesthesia, including monitoring and airway management
  • Perioperative care, including monitoring, pain management and airway management
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevention and management

The first three pathways will be deemed satisfied if the facility has accreditation from The Joint Commission (formerly known as JCAHO), DNV-GL or an equivalent healthcare organization approved by SRC.

  • Instructions for identification, evaluation and management of early warning signs of complications.
  • Preoperative patient preparation, evaluation, patient education, consent and plan of action for discharge that includes follow-up and any necessary patient education
  • Enhanced recovery including physical therapy and/or rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • Site identification and tourniquet protocol
  • Wound care management

Each applicant surgeon performs each surgical procedure in a standardized manner as allowed by variations in operative circumstances.

Each applicant surgeon uses a template for operative note dictation that ensures proper collection of data for surgical procedures.

Program Fees

Initial Fees

Application Fee: $1,650 USD

  • Discounts may be available for surgeons that participate in multiple accreditation programs. Contact SRC for details.
  • Upon payment of application fees, applicants achieve Provisional Status and gain access to SRC’s Outcomes Database at no additional charge.

Site Inspection Fees

Site Inspection: $1,175 USD

  • Inspections for Master Surgeon accreditations are performed on site at the surgeon’s location.
  • The site inspection fee covers a one-day inspection with one site inspector and includes one Master Surgeon. A day will be added to the site inspection for every additional co-applicant surgeon. Each additional day is $925.
  • Applicants are responsible for arranging and paying for the site inspector’s hotel, ground transportation and, if needed, an interpreter/translator. These items are not included in the standard site inspection fee.
  • Renewal inspections are required every three years to ensure ongoing program compliance.

Recurring Fees

Annual Fee: $1,650 USD

  • Annual participation fees will be billed one year after applicants achieve Provisional Status and each year thereafter.
  • Fees are subject to change without notice and are not refundable. Payment of required fees does not guarantee accreditation.