Becker's Spine Review

July / August 2016 Becker's Spine Review

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July 2016 l Vol. 2016 No. 4 INSIDE Spine Surgeon Entrepreneur Dr. Kern Singh's quest to make lateral spine surgery more accessible. p. 10 Spine Devices: Evolutionary vs. Revolutionary Four spine industry leaders discuss the future of surgical devices and spine surgery. p. 15 PODs Under Attack Again The Senate Finance Committee released a new report on physician-owned distributorships earlier this year, focusing on spine. p. 18 BECKER'S SPINE REVIEW Minimally Invasive Spine's Promising Future — Key Insight From SMISS President Dr. Greg Anderson INSIDE: Becker's ASC 23rd Annual Meeting – The Business and Operations of ASCs brochure Where Do Spine Surgeons Fit in the Changing Market? Brian Gantwerker, MD, of e Craniospial Center in Los Angeles, talks about the shiing healthcare industry and where spine fits in going forward. He touches on the trend toward value- based care, outpatient spine surgery and how the focus on standardization and healthcare costs changes the way surgeons practice. Spine Surgery Coverage Denials Cost Surgeons $191k e International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery released results from a study about how a third-party payer's delay or preauthorization coverage denial can impact spine practices. A majority of respondents — 84.3 percent — said insurance denials led to unfilled operating room time. By comparison, 11.8 percent reported patient medical issues and 10.8 percent reported office/hospital inefficiencies as the culprit for unfilled OR time. Becker's ASC 23rd Annual Meeting The Business and Operations of ASCs October 27-29, 2016 | Swissotel, Chicago 206 Total Speakers Keynotes from Pat Riley, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Lee Woodruff REGISTER TODAY Greg Anderson, MD, president of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and a physician at Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, discusses minimally invasive spine surgery's advantages and where the technique is going in the future. He touches on the research and challenges, such as spreading the techniques that work and the new technology advancing the field. continued on page 46 continued on page 9 continued on page 6

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