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Jeffrey Carlson, MD, president of the Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Newport News, Va., talks about what makes the leaders in spine surgery stand out and how surgeons can make an impact on the future.

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Nashville, Tenn.-based Saint Thomas Health has changed the name of The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville to Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery.

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Ty Thaiyananthan, MD, founder of BASIC Spine in Newport Beach, Calif., discusses key metrics for spine surgeons today and where the industry is headed in the future.

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TyTy Thaiyananthan, MD, founder of BASIC Spine in Newport Beach, Calif., and Bryan Oh, MD, a neurosurgeon with a special interest in spine surgery at BASIC Spine, are joined by practice manager Casey Crawford to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities for independent spine groups in the evolving healthcare market.

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Patricia GrahamExecutive Director of Laser Spine Institute Arizona Patricia Graham, BSN, RN, talks about eight ways her spine center strives to make a better patient experience.

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Robert BrayRobert S. Bray, MD, founder of DISC Sports & Spine in Marina del Rey, Calif., talks about how spine surgeons can build a strong foundation for their practice and career.

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TyPatient satisfaction is important for any physician group, and more spine groups are beginning to tailor their practices around that patient experience.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:28

AANS/CNS Letter Supports IPAB Repeal

On June 20, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons presidents sent a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal advocating for the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

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Monday, 24 June 2013 16:41

The Next 5 Years in Spine Surgery

At the 11th Annual Spine, Orthopedic & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference on June 14, a panel including David Abraham, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with The Reading (Pa.) Neck & Spine Center, Khawar Siddique, MD, MBA, a spine surgeon with Beverly Hills Spine Surgery, and Rafe Sales, MD, orthopedic surgeon and founder of Summit Spine Institute in Portland, Ore., discussed what they see in the near future for spine surgery. The panel was moderated by Gretchen Heinze Townshend, a partner with McGuireWoods.

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The average wait time for patients in a doctors office increased more than a full minute from 2011 to 2012, citing an annual report from Vitals. Naturally, patients select medical providers based on education, experience, personality, and specialty area, but experiences in the waiting room do impact overall satisfaction. Creating a comfortable, functional waiting area for patients reduces stress during lengthy delays. Here are some tips on how to make waiting a more pleasurable experience for patients.

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