How to develop a spine center of excellence
Oct15

How to develop a spine center of excellence

Developing a spine center of excellence in today’s turbulent health care environment is no easy task. The value-based care revolution has empowered patients, insurance companies and government agencies, all of which pressure care providers in different, and sometimes confounding, ways. The field of spine surgery┬áhas its own unique challenges, reported Becker’s Hospital Review. Due to rising rates of overutilization in the...

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Lumbar spinal fusion ED readmissions affect HCAHPS scores: 5 key trends
Jul24

Lumbar spinal fusion ED readmissions affect HCAHPS scores: 5 key trends

A new study published in The Spine Journal examines emergency department visits among lumbar spine surgery patients. The study specifically targets how the ED visits associate with Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys. The study covers patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery between 2013 and 2015, excluding patients with spinal malignancy or scoliosis.

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‘Strong for surgery’ shows promise in reducing smoking rates for patients facing surgery
Jul24

‘Strong for surgery’ shows promise in reducing smoking rates for patients facing surgery

A new American College of Surgeons (ACS) quality improvement program that moves the concept of the checklist (used in operating rooms across the country to reduce medical mishaps) out of the operating room and into the preoperative setting is linked to a two-thirds decrease in the rate of smoking in patients undergoing cervical and lumbar spine procedures, according to new findings presented yesterday at the 2017 ACS Quality and Safety Conference.

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Free Webinar – The Next Generation of Spine Care: Place, Provider, Price
Jun20

Free Webinar – The Next Generation of Spine Care: Place, Provider, Price

Speakers: Dr. Nikhil Thakur, Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Director- Spine Center at Orthopaedics Northeast
Robin Hynds, MSN, RN, CPHM, Vice President, Care Continuum, Lawrence General Hospital
Dawn Bollhardt, BS, RN, MSN, CNL Program Manager, Spine and Orthopedics, Lawrence General Hospital
Patrick Vega, M.S., and Djamel Bayliche, Vice Presidents with Corazon Inc. Consulting
Date/Time: Thurs, July 20, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Cost: Complimentary, sponsored by Wellbe and Corazon Inc.

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4 Questions spine surgeons hope patients ask before surgery
Jun19

4 Questions spine surgeons hope patients ask before surgery

As a doctor, our goal is to help patients get back to a pre-injury state or to help manage a condition so that a person can live life to the fullest. But we can only do so much. Patients need to put the work in on their end as well if they want to experience the best results from medical treatment.

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5 key recommendations for payer reform in spine surgery
Jun09

5 key recommendations for payer reform in spine surgery

A new article published in Clinical Spine Surgery examines payer reform opportunities for spine surgery. The article, written by Jason Scalise, MD, and David Jacofsky, MD, focuses on bundled payments. Here are five key trends from the report:

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