Two spine surgeons weigh in on the importance of ancillary services and the ones their practices offer.
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Question: What ancillary services do you offer at your practice? Are you planning to add more?
Issada Thongtrangan, MD. Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgeon at Minimally Invasive Spine (Phoenix): As reimbursement declines, one way to enhance practice revenue and profitability is by adding ancillary services. These assist in maximizing practice profitability, while providing patients with the convenience and continuity of in-house care. Integrated clinical services also can increase productivity, revenue and patient retention.