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Spine Surgeons and Surgery Center Leaders Gather for Ambulatory Spine Surgery Symposium


Meeting and cocktail reception supports migration of spine surgery to the ambulatory surgery center setting

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 01, 2012

Spine surgeons and ambulatory surgery center leaders gathered in Dallas on October 25, 2012, for a meeting and cocktail reception supporting spine surgery in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

The event was hosted by spine surgeon Kenneth Pettine, MD, co-founder of the Society for Ambulatory Spine Surgery, and founder of The Spine Institute and Arete Ambulatory Surgery Center in Colorado. It brought together spine surgeons and representatives from companies serving ASCs interested in learning about and supporting spine surgery performed in ASCs.

During the meeting, two panels of nationally recognized spine surgeons and ASC financial experts discussed business and clinical issues concerning spine surgery in ASCs. The panelists were as follows: Dr. Kenneth Pettine; Dr. Donald Johnson II, founder of Southeastern Spine Institute in South Carolina; Dr. John Peloza, founder of Center for Spine Care in Dallas; Dr. Alan Villavicencio, founder of Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Colorado; Dr. Steven Arnold, chief medical officer of Access MediQuip; Kenneth Hancock, president of Meridian Surgical Partners; Jeff Leland, CEO of Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners; and Robin Young, founder of Pearl Diver.

The panelists addressed a variety of topics, and there was extensive attendee participation in the discussion on issues including the benefits of performing spine surgery in ASCs, the need for spine surgeon collaboration, what surgery centers need to do in the current healthcare environment to grow, why more health plans are providing coverage of ASC spine surgery, what makes spine surgery ASCs successful and why now is a great time for ASCs to develop a spine program.

"The symposium was a tremendous success, and it was great to see so many fellow spine surgeons and ASC industry leaders eager to participate in the dialogue about why more spine surgery should be performed in the surgery center setting," said Dr. Pettine. "Attendees had the opportunity to hear from and network with surgeons who are safely performing spine procedures in ASCs and the leaders of businesses partnering with these surgery centers. Everyone came away with a greater understanding of the myriad benefits to patients, payers and surgeons when spine surgery is performed in an ASC."

The meeting's primary sponsor was Access MediQuip, with additional support provided by Meridian Surgical Partners, Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners, Paradigm Spine, Eisertech, Wenzel Spine and Zyga Technology.

For more information, please contact:
Kay Roberts
Society for Ambulatory Spine Surgery
(970) 286-1329

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