ASC Industry Leader to Know: Dr. T.K. Miller of Carilion Clinic Orthopedics
Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Miller also serves as an associate professor in the department of surgery at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also completed his internship. Dr. Miller completed his residency at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh and a fellowship in sports medicine at Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital.
In an interview with Becker's ASC Review, Dr. Miller said that orthopedic-driven surgery centers may no longer enjoy insurance contracts that accept the costs of implants as dictated by suppliers. There is sufficient overlap in the orthopedic implant market, he said, that it is possible to select a primary implant vendor and negotiate reduced costs based on that relationship. This requires consensus from ASC physicians and careful ongoing assessment of case costs on the part of the ASC administrator. "For orthopedic- and spine-based centers, this will be an area of significant change from the status quo," he said, adding that surgery centers must assess every new implant for a "traditional" procedure for cost feasibility. New implants and old implants may be similar, but that does not necessarily mean they cost the same amount.
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2012. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
To receive the latest hospital and health system business and legal news and analysis from Becker's Hospital Review, sign-up for the free Becker's Hospital Review E-weekly by clicking here.
- The Changing Healthcare Environment & Gastroenterologists: Q&A With Dr. Edwin Levine
- ASC vs. HOPD Cost Compare in Virginia: 13 Statistics
- SourceMedical Names Ann Geier Vice President-Clinical Informatics
- 6 Recent Key Notes on ASC Management & Development Companies – Northstar Healthcare, Physicians Endoscopy, USPI & More
- SGR Repeal to Cost $153.2B: CBO