Challenges, risks and opportunities in today's spine world

Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Co-Founder of Texas Back Institute -   Print  |

Recent changes in today's healthcare environment have led to confusion, turmoil and uncertainty. With such as in most cases once one is informed and to some degree risk tolerant, opportunities arise.

Today's spine world is no exception. Rick Fessler, MD, Frank Phillips, MD, and I have embarked in this online periodic compendium to attempt to gather thought leaders' overviews as to where things are and might be leading.

Some of the topics we will cover over the course of the series are industry, big data analytics, spine care delivery models, episodes of care and bundled payments as well as general topics on education, development and innovation.

We give thanks to Scott Becker, publisher of Becker's who has graciously agreed to incorporate this in his online newsletter. Thanks also to Laura Dyrda and Cheryl Zapata for collaborating with us and keeping us organized.

We plan initial installments beginning in August.

Here are the currently published chapters:


Challenges, risks and opportunities in today's spine world

Spine care - Balancing cost with innovation

What are big data and predictive analytics

Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning

The HSS Spine Care Model, Part 1

The HSS Spine Care Model, Part 2

The Rothman Model, Part 1

The Rothman Model, Part 2

The History of Texas Back Institute

Texas Back Institute, Part 2

Private practice vs. hospital employee: Where we are today and why

ASCs: The economics of ASCs

Episodes of care and bundled payments

Episodes of care and bundled payments, a sustainable approach

Dr. Scott Blumenthal on specialty hospitals

The uncertainty of pain

Spine industry trends in new technologies and market challenges


Stephen Hochschuler, Senior Editor

Rick Fessler, Co-Editor

Frank Phillips, Co-Editor

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