Becker's Spine Review

Spine Review_January 2024

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Spine surgeons' next payer battle Spine surgeons saw a major victory in a yearslong payer battle when Aetna revised its lumbar disc replacement policy in February. Now, some surgeons are looking ahead to the next hurdle they could face from insurers. Employment vs. private practice: Factors influencing spine surgeons' decisions Spine and orthopedic surgeons' decisions on where to practice is a consequential one whether they go to a hospital or a private group. Amid economic headwinds and workforce challenges in healthcare, the choice holds more weight than ever. continued on page 7 continued on page 14 continued on page 6 Will Ozempic alter spine, orthopedic fields? GLP-1 weight loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy are rising in popularity and evidence suggests their possible effectiveness for helping patients lose weight. The trend could alter projections for orthopedic surgery differently in the short and long term. 25+ STORIES INSIDE Do spine patients prefer hospitals or ASCs? p. 6 14 TH ANNUAL MEETING April 8-11, 2024 | Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL April 16-18, 2024 | Virtual Event SAVE THE DATE IN THIS ISSUE: Where can spine surgeons reduce costs? p. 10 What the orthopedic surgery landscape will look like in 10 years p. 12 Cervical disc replacements plateaued p. 7 ASC execs are bullish on growth. Here are 5 strategies on their radar p. 18 Walmart: Friend or foe to hospitals? p. 23 January 2024 • Vol. 2024 No. 1

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