The National Association of Spine Specialists, the advocacy arm of the North American Spine Society, paid tribute to Brian Gantwerker, MD, for his work elevating the voices of spine providers and challenging legislative hurdles within the field.
"My passion remains to be able for folks to keep their private insurance and to have the commercial payers play by their own rules," Dr. Gantwerker, said. "It is my dream to hold them accountable — connect authorization to payment, to stop sending fraudulent or delay-directed letters to buy them time and to legislate rules to make them pay on time and correctly.
"I believe healthcare should be accessible to everyone, but a single-payer system will cause intolerable and perhaps tragic delays in care."
Dr. Gantwerker is a board member of NASS' political engagement committee and a member of the advocacy committee. He established The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles 10 years ago, shortly after completing a complex spine fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.