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In 2013, Self Regional Healthcare called upon Prizm to help them improve how they manage back and neck pain through their spine center service line. The spine program at that time included three fellowship-trained spine neurosurgeons. Over 2014 and 2015, Prizm helped the spine service line to mature into a more complete multi-disciplinary spine center with two specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), and a better-integrated spine therapy department. "The spine center now is proficient in managing those back and neck pain cases that don't need surgery," explains Bob Reznik, MBA. "The PMR specialists manage the non-surgical treatment options and triage those patients who need surgery more adroitly to the specialists. Now everything related to spine is in one location for the convenience of the person with back or neck pain: diagnostics, X-ray, MRI, spine surgeons, MDs who specialize in non-surgical treatment and spinal injections and therapy. It's now a true destination center for spine care that attracts patients from a 100 mile radius." In 2014, South Carolina Spine Center met the credentialing criteria to be included in SpineCenterNetwork.com, the only national listing of credentialed spine centers.
On January 1, 2014 three specialty groups — Precision Spine Care, Dr. Jonathan Blau and Texas Pain — combined their resources to create a regional center of excellence for spine care and pain management under the name Precision Spine Care.
The merger combines the expertise of three fellowship-trained pain specialists within Texas Pain; physical medicine specialist Jonathan Blau, MD; along with three spine-specialized neurosurgeons and a second physical medicine specialist to create a fully comprehensive spine and pain center for the East Texas region in 2014.
With the merger, effective January 1, 2014, Precision Spine Care now includes a multidisciplinary team with two physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) physicians who specialize in the nonsurgical management of back and neck pain; three fellowship-trained pain medicine physicians; and three neurospine surgeons. Click here to read more about Precision Spine Care's Center of Excellence.
April 10, 2013-- Spine Center Network and Bob Reznik, MBA featured in Becker's Spine Review article entitled "5 Qualities of Spine Center Leaders for Today & Tomorrow"
Spine Center Network was developed by Prizm Development, Inc., two years ago and now acts as a national network of credentialed Spine Centers of Excellence for payors and consumers. Inclusion in the network is based on credentialing criteria that includes having fellowship-trained or highly specialized spine surgeons integrated with spine-specialized physical medicine physicians and spine therapists. Spine Center Network represents those spine centers that meet the credentialing criteria. It currently includes about 18 spine centers across the United States. Read the complete article here.
Spine Center Network is focused on providing information for payors, employers and consumers about spine care providers. The company creates a list of "spine centers of excellence" that emphasize non-surgical treatment options before surgery. Read more.
Wouldn’t it be convenient if someone created a listing of spine centers of excellence across the United States that all emphasize non-surgical treatment options before surgery?
Where the staff included board-certified spine specialists who are fellowship-trained in spine — the highest level of training available in the United States?
Where each center featured a team of non-surgical spine specialists who are board-certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physicians, working closely with ortho & neuro spine surgeons, and spine-specialized therapists to find NON-surgical treatment options for those with back pain ….
Where each center reports their Clinical Outcomes annually on a Clinical Outcome Report Card that is produced by an outside organization for credibility….
Where each center measures patient satisfaction by having a nurse call patients after their treatment to track their satisfaction with the care they received…
Where the physicians and the centers share no ownership or partnership in the network, but merely share a philosophical desire to continually improve spine care, and their belief that proper spine care is to exhaust non-surgical options first, before resorting to spine surgery…
Where the physicians and the staff want to create a better experience for the person with back and neck pain, so he or she can get back to activity, their favorite sport, with the least amount of pain, discomfort and time off work…
"The network is a byproduct of extensive one-on-one meetings with payors, employers and work comp carriers who were looking for spine programs that emphasized conservative care first," explains Bob Reznik, MBA, president of Prizm Development, Inc. "We've been asked for something like this for years. Whenever we complete a case rate contract in a market, the medical director will ask us, 'Where else do you have centers like this?' Dartmouth Medical Atlas has documented tremendous treatment variation in spine care," says Reznik. "Some spine surgeon practices emphasize excessive and aggressive surgery. Other spine doctors can emphasize too many injections or manipulations. Sadly, too many times the back pain sufferer is punished with a safari through trips to multiple offices with biased opinions, misleading information, fragmented care, conflicting diagnoses and treatment plans — and often an unnecessary surgery. That is the perceived problem with spine care today."
Health insurance plans and national employers who want to identify spine centers who conceptually believe in a non-surgically oriented approach to spine care, with the use of Physical Medicine and spine therapy, all under one roof. This network can be useful to create a referral network for their covered lives or employees with back or neck pain.
Workers Compensation Carriers and Employers who have a vested interest in helping injured workers get back to activity.
Back and neck pain sufferers who are searching the Internet for places to go for relief of symptoms, second opinions and information on who to pursue for proper treatment. All of these participating spine centers have content-rich online spine encyclopedias that can accessed through this spine center network web site.
The common thread that weaves all these separate spine centers together is that all are based on a common spine center model created by Prizm Development more than 15 years ago. This spine center model is based on more than 1,000 one-on-one interviews by Prizm staff with health insurance company medical directors, workers compensation insurance companies and health benefit managers from large employers from across the United States.
"While many hospitals and physicians think the answer to the problem of fragmented, biased and dysfunctional spine care is to add MORE physician specialties into a building, we’ve listened to customers — and they say they want LESS specialties involved, LESS bias, LESS fragmentation and LESS disagreement among specialists," says Reznik.
Consequently, Prizm created a spine center model that is restrictive to three core specialty groups. Prizm’s spine center model is based on a 3-legged stool concept, where a multi-disciplinary team of Physical Medicine physicians, spine surgeons (ortho & neuro) and spine therapists act as the foundation for care.
The second foundation of this spine center model, is the philosophy that — absent emergency symptoms like loss of bowel/bladder control or weakness in a foot or hand — non-surgical options need to be explored and exhausted first before spine surgery.
The third common aspect among these spine centers is that they use spine-trained physical therapists who have advanced training and experience in the niche of spine care. These therapists are typically located in the same building so care can be expedited and information gathered by the physician can be shared by the therapist in the treatment plan.
The fourth common aspect is the philosophical commitment by all these spine centers to educate the health care consumer to seek out non-surgical treatment, second opinions for spine surgery, and if spine surgery is necessary be prudent about where you choose to go. All of these spine Centers of Excellence have invested their own money to create an educated health care consumer. As a free community service, all these centers mail out — at their cost — a 36-page Home Remedy Book to thousands of back pain sufferers annually. Each also has an on-line spine encyclopedia at with exercises, symptom charts and medical illustrations on spine. They believe an educated health care consumer will choose wisely, and will often choose the best possible place to go, which may be these spine centers.
The fifth requirement is the willingness to use Prizm’s outcome system to publish an annual Clinical Outcome Report Card for referring physicians and payors. This outcomes system reveals the percent of patients receiving conservative care options like therapy and injections, the percent of patients who receive surgery, functional status, patient satisfaction, and the percent of patients who are still taking five or more pills daily for pain relief three to six months after first visit.
Back or neck pain sufferers who are seeking a physician can request a second opinion from 16 spine centers located across the United States in California, Colorado, , Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, South Dakota and Texas. The network will expand to include other regional centers as they meet inclusion criteria.
Click here to download the PDF from Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review.