Spine procedures move to outpatient setting

July 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Jul2007, Vol. 31 Issue 7, p80
Academic Journal
Neurosurgeons who are proficient in minimally invasive spine surgery can move more procedures to the outpatient setting, producing better outcomes for patients, increased reimbursement for the surgery program, and opportunities to increase payer contracts. • Start with low-acuity procedures such as microdiscectomies to test demand for outpatient procedures. • Talk with payers to determine reimbursement and ensure that payment covers cost of supplies and technology. • Make sure that physicians are well trained in minimally invasive spine surgery and have a good track record.


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