We’re witnessing a perfect storm of factors converging at the perfect time to make outpatient spine one of surgery’s hottest specialties. There’s overwhelming physician buy-in, widespread insurer acceptance, proven statistics on lower complication rates, and higher patient and staff satisfaction. Plus, the pandemic continues to overwhelm hospitals and push patients toward ASCs. For well-positioned facilities, now is the time to consider adding an outpatient spine program or ramping up an existing one.
We’ve been doing outpatient spine surgeries for more than 20 years, and we’ve seen what it takes to succeed. Whether you’re looking to start a new program, enhance an existing one or take on more complex, high-acuity cases, there are several questions you need to ask yourself first.