Becker’s Spine Review is a publication for orthopedic and spine surgeons and surgery center administrators. Each week, Becker’s releases additions to their Ask Spine Surgeons series, and earlier this month, spine surgeons were asked to share their thoughts on key trends in outpatient spine surgery. Check out Dr. Richard Kube’s response, below!
Question: What are the key trends in outpatient spine surgery?
Richard Kube, MD. Founder and CEO of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute (Peoria, Ill.): I think the bundled payment models are on their way. There are multiple companies now all trying to act as third-party administrators for the self-insured groups. The concept of doing [outpatient] spine cases is becoming more mainstream. As the self-insured folks start to realize that ambulatory settings are safe for spine procedures, I think there will be an even greater shift of elective spine cases to this setting. Value provision is in the wheelhouse of ambulatory spine, and we are only starting to scratch the surface of what can be done in terms of volume.