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The biggest opportunities in spine from 9 surgeons

By Admin | September 16, 2021

Question: Where do you see the biggest opportunities for spine surgeons today?

Sanjay Khurana, MD. Hoag Orthopedic Institute Surgery Center (Marina Del Rey, Calif.): The progress of minimally invasive surgery over the past two decades is finally being realized in the outpatient environment. We are increasingly performing higher-acuity cases from microscopic and endoscopic decompressions to multilevel disc replacements and anterior and posterior lumbar interbody fusions. The migration of these procedures to the ASC have become a win-win for patients, physicians and payers alike. 

Patients are seeing improved satisfaction and clinical outcomes. Physicians are improving professional satisfaction, economics and time management. Finally, insurers are reducing reimbursement from higher-cost centers to more efficient and less costly ASCs. I view the continued migration to the ASC as the single biggest opportunity for spine surgeons today.

Barrett Woods, MD. Rothman Orthopaedic Institute (Philadelphia): It is becoming increasingly challenging to practice as a spinal surgeon today. Significant challenges exist with insurance approvals, reimbursement and administrative burdens. With that said, opportunities to increase our footprint and improve access in our communities exist. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen increasing utilization of telehealth platforms. Utilization of telehealth has improved office efficiency, decreased patient wait times and improved...(More)

For more info please read,The biggest opportunities in spine from 9 surgeons, by Becker's SpineReview

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