Dr. Frank Phillips on outpatient spine opportunities; CMS' final payment rule impact on spine surgeons & more — 7 outpatient spine stories


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

Opportunities in outpatient spine from Dr. Frank Phillips
Frank Phillips, MD, co-founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush in Chicago, lists four big opportunities in spine. Read what he has to say, here.

How the CMS final payment rule will affect spine surgeons
CMS released the 2018 final rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and payments for services provided in hospital outpatient departments and ASCs. The North American Spine Society outlined five ways 2018 changes will affect spine surgeons. Read more about the rule, here.

Dr. Mark McFarland performs outpatient surgery using SpineFrontier's MIS technology
Mark McFarland, MD, of the Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Newport News, Va., performed a successful outpatient spine surgery using SpineFrontier's Less Exposure Surgery technology. Dr. McFarland used SpineFrontier's updated angled driver design with its A-CIFT SoloFuse-P technology to complete a C4-6 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.

OrthoNY earns preliminary approval for $5.63M ASC
A state review board granted Albany, N.Y.-based OrthoNY preliminary approval for its $5.63 million Clifton Park, N.Y-based ASC. The facility will be 12,260 square feet. It will feature four operating rooms and 18 recovery beds. This will be OrthoNY's second ASC facility.

4 key points on Laser Spine Institute — Providers have treated 75,000+ chronic pain patients since 2005
Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute boasts an overall low complication rate and has cared for thousands of patients over the past 12 years. On its website, Laser Spine Institute stated its average complication rate falls around 3 percent for minimally invasive surgery procedures. Laser Spine Institute surgeons have cared for 75,000-plus patients with chronic neck and back pain since 2005.

Dr. Sunny Uppal: 3 considerations before adding spine to ASCs + what spine procedure is coming next
Sunny Uppal, MD, of Riverside, Calif.-based Glenwood Surgical Center, outlines considerations for ASCs before diving into the spine service as well as which spine procedure he believes will shift to the outpatient arena next. Read the discussion, here.

ASCs to grow at 6.6% CAGR in spinal fusion market
Throughout 2027, the spinal fusion market is expected to expand, a Future Market Insights report found. The market is anticipated to increase at a 5.4 percent compound annual growth rate between 2017 and 2027. The hospital segment leads the market; however, the surgery center sector is anticipated to experience the highest demand between 2017 and 2027. The ASC market will increase at a 6.6 percent CAGR in the aforementioned period.

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