5 best practices for spine surgery in ASCs; Total joints and spine in ASCs & more — 7 outpatient spine stories


Here are seven key stories on outpatient spine trends and news.

5 best practices for spine surgery in ASCs
A study published in Spine used a Delphi panel to identify best practices for outpatient anterior cervical spine surgery. The panel initially reviewed 94 consensus statements and achieved consensus on 83. The consensus statements ranged from pain management to patient selection and surgical technique. Read about the best practices, here.

Spine & total joints in ASCs — Premier Orthopedic Surgery Center administrator weighs in
Natalie Soule, RN, administrator of Nashville, Tenn.-based Premier Orthopedic Surgery Center, shares insight on spine and total joints in the outpatient setting as well as offers key advice for boosting ASC growth. See what she has to say, here.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center to expand orthopedic, spine ambulatory services in Los Angeles
Philanthropists Melanie and Richard Lundquist donated $32 million recently to Torrance (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center. With a part of the donation, the hospital plans to add ambulatory locations for spine and orthopedic services in Los Angeles. Torrance Medical Center will also use the money to establish institutes for neuroscience as well as orthopedic and spine.

ASC plans coming down the pipeline following Rothman Institute, NueHealth and Jefferson Health's partnership with Main Line Health
Philadelphia-based Rothman Institute added another investor to own a portion of Bryn Mawr, Pa.-based Physicians Care Surgical Hospital, with future plans including a surgery center, according to The Times Heart News. Later in June, Rothman Institute will open an orthopedic-driven ASC at Bryn Mawr Hospital, thereby expanding upon its outpatient presence. Rothman also has an ASC at Media, Pa-based Riddle Hospital.

Laser Spine Institute Cleveland ASC welcomes new spine surgeon
Brad M. Picha, MD, joined Laser Spine Institute's Cleveland ambulatory surgery center. At Laser Spine Institute, Dr. Picha will treat a variety of conditions with minimally invasive spine procedures. He underwent fellowship training at Laser Spine Institute, which is required of all new surgeons joining the group.

Athens Orthopedic Clinic opens 10k-sq-ft ASC: 5 takeaways
Athens (Ga.) Orthopedic Clinic opened a new ASC May 15 in Loganville, Ga. The practice received a state license to operate the ASC, which is the only orthopedic ASC in Walton County (Ga.). Athens' surgery center is nearly 10,000 square feet and houses two operating suites and one procedure room.

What will come next in outpatient spine? 7 spine surgeon key thoughts
Seven spine surgeons discuss the latest trends in spine procedures performed in the outpatient setting. Read what they had to say, here.

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