The 2012 NASS meeting in Dallas has reached its conclusion. Clinicians and scientists met to share and discuss the latest research impacting spine care. Of interest to the spine community and the subject of one presentation at the "Best Papers" symposia was the cost and quality of spine surgery compared to comprehensive medical management.
NASS 2012: Quality and cost-effectiveness of surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis
Rachel Klein, Technology Insights
Concerns over malpractice have been a constant source of anxiety for OB/GYNs over the past 20 years. Recent coverage in the Daily Briefing show the sizeable claims ($76M) paid to patients blaming the hospital for their children’s disabilities.
These jury awards cause administrators and physicians to second-guess their ability to provide all or select services in this environment. Further, these types of cases can increase the malpractice coverage for both the physician and hospital as they may be considered at greater risk of suit. OB/GYNs already have some of the highest malpractice coverage and have had to reconsider their practices as a result.
No longer 'risky business' for OB/GYNs
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday found that preventative colonoscopy and follow-up treatment of pre-cancerous polyps significantly reduced the long-term mortality rate of colorectal cancer by as much as 53 percent. The study, which tracked some patients for as long as 20 years, investigated the likelihood of survival following colonscopy screening and removal of adenomatous polyps, a relatively common precancerous growth.