Becker's Spine Review

Spine Review_September 2023

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'Most tone-deaf move to date': Spine surgeons react to CMS' proposed 3.34% pay cut CMS on July 13 released its proposed 2024 Medicare physician fee schedule, and it includes a decreased conversion factor of 3.34 percent. The news comes as a disappointment to many spine surgeons who are already facing reimbursement headwinds in recent years. Could spine practices implement 4-day work weeks? The five-day long work week is common for many professions, but reducing it by a day has become a new idea. The four-day work week is an idea that some companies and countries have tested. For spine surgeons, the possibility of the schedule hinges on different factors. continued on page 11 continued on page 19 continued on page 12 Where does spine need a disruptor most? The spine surgery industry has seen major shifts through the years. But some areas may be due for a serious shakeup. 30+ STORIES INSIDE Unnecessary spine, orthopedic surgeries on the rise p. 7 2 9 T H A N N U A L M E E T I N G The Business & Operations of ASCS October 26 - 28, 2023 | Swissotel Chicago SAVE THE DATE IN THIS ISSUE: MedVanta adds 3 leaders p. 18 7 big orthopedic device companies paid hundreds of millions to physicians last year p. 20 The state with the most top-ranked neurosurgery hospitals p. 6 Inpatient spinal fusion costs vs. cervical spinal fusion costs in all 50 states p. 10 Stark law changes ramp up in 2023 p. 22 September 2023 • Vol. 2023 No. 5

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