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POLICY: Spine surgery

I finally got to the article on spine surgery in USA Today. Exactly what you’d expect. Massive practice variation all over the place—although to be fair we’re not exactly sure that too much is bad here, as no one has a clue how to make back pain go away. (Unlike lots of other types of interventions, as Eric Novack will tell us). But there’s a killer quote from Mark Chassin at Mt Sinai.

“The U.S. health system does a great job in developing new and innovative treatments, but it does not do a good job in thoroughly and rapidly evaluating those innovations to find out when they work and when they don’t,” he says

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Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body. It gives your body structure and support. Without it you could not stand up or keep yourself upright. Your spine allows you to move about freely and to bend with flexibility. Your spine also protects your spinal cord. The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects your brain to the rest of your body, allowing you to control your movements. Without a spinal cord you could not move any part of your body, and your organs could not function. For more information and appointment details please… Read more »

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We do a fairly poor job of saying we won’t cover these questionable practices also. Not to anyones benefit. Medicare is the biggest white collar criminal harboring organization on the planet.