Four spine, neurosurgeons offer their opinions on the biggest obstacle facing spine providers today.
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Question: What do you think is the biggest obstacle facing spine providers in the modern landscape?
Issada Thongtrangan, MD. Minimally Invasive Spine (Phoenix): Dealing with payers, data overload and unrealistic patient expectations are the biggest obstacles for me.
Payers nowadays rely on outdated data and guidelines for surgery approval. In addition, some of the carriers even have strict rules on what type of implants and biologics that surgeons can use for certain types of surgeries, which is not always good for surgeons or the patients.