Six outpatient spine updates


Here are six outpatient spine updates Becker's has reported on since the end of January: 

1. Outpatient spine procedures among Medicare patients grew between 2010 and 2021, with significant growth in the ASC setting. Outpatient spine procedures rose about 193% from 2010 to 2021 and the compound annual growth rate for outpatient cases per year was 9.9% for hospital outpatient departments and 15.7% for ASCs. 

2. During the 11 year period, the ASC-approved list for spinal procedures grew from 12 to 58. 

3. One of the most common ASC spine procedures, insertion or replacement of spinal neurostimulator pulse generator or receiver, direct or inductive coupling, is seeing reimbursement cuts in 2024.

4. Four physicians told Becker's why ASCs might have the upper hand when it comes to recruiting spine specialists. 

5. For ASCs, the cost of acquisition may remain a barrier when it comes to obtaining spine robots. 

6. Medical device company Centinel Spine saw its Prodisc total disc replacement sales grow 56% in the ASC setting between 2022 and 2023.

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