With exhausting caseloads and with the advent of hospitalists, many PCPs rarely encounter spine specialists. This disconnection can result in PCPs not being current with technology and treatment options, whether surgical or non-surgical, which can unfortunately compromise the care ultimately received by the patient.
Ask Spine Surgeons is a weekly series of questions posed to spine surgeons around the country about clinical, business and policy issues affecting spine care. We invite all spine surgeon and specialist responses.
Four spine surgeons share the best decisions they made in their professional lives last year.
In preparation for NASS, we spoke with Executive Director and CEO Eric Muehlbauer and Christopher M. Bono, M.D., President of the North American Spine Society, to identify areas in which the group has made recent progress, challenges that remain and where room for new technologies exists. Both discussed reimbursement matters—a concern for those who use the implants and those who build them. What else was on the President’s mind?
Bundled payment programs are receiving a lot of buzz in the value-based arena, but developing a bundled product is no straightforward task. Before surging ahead into a bundled payment program, ambulatory surgery centers should first decide whether its surgeons and facility can perform the desired service at a competitive market price.
The state of minimally invasive spine surgery: Dr. Frank Phillips on devices, payment & outpatient ASCs
Minimally invasive techniques are more refined than they were even five years ago and device companies along with surgeons continue to innovate in the space.
Researchers analyzed the costs associated with various spine and orthopedic surgery adverse events, according to a study published in Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. Since payers are not responsible for “never events,” hospitals must bear the financial responsibility of these complications.