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Compounding Disaster - July 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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T he spine sur- geon's scalpel has come to a fork in the road. Which same-day ORs shall we bring our cases to — the hospi- tal's or the freestanding surgical center's? Several factors will determine where we'll perform such same-day procedures as decom- pression, discectomy, vertebroplasty, and cer- vical and lumbar fusions. How skeptical your surgeons are. How hesitant your patients are. And how reluctant your payers are to reimburse spine cases done in ASCs. • Skeptical surgeons. Many surgeons are skittish about moving their spine cases into surgery centers. Most lumbar spine fusions, for exam- ple, are done on an outpatient basis, but I'd bet that 9 out of 10 of them are done in a hospital. New-surgeon training could lead to a J U L Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 1 7 Capture Your Share Of Same-Day Spine What factors will influence where yoursurgeons bring their cases? Praveen Kadimcherla, MD | West Orange, N.J. • PLACE AT THE TABLE As more surgeons are trained in outpatient spine, more spine cases will migrate to surgical centers, says Dr. Kadimcherla. Atlantic Spine Center

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