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Developing Recovery Care Services for Post-ASC Care

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At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven Conference + Future of Spine in Chicago on June 13, John Newman, senior vice president and general counsel of Newington, Conn.-based Constitution Surgery Centers, discussed the opportunity of recovery care services for patients receiving care at ASCs.

"The challenge is, we all know the quality of care we can provide in our ASCs," Mr. Newman said. "However, these patients for total knee or total hip, they're going to require some more significant recovery care than we can provide within the ambulatory care environment."

Recovery care services provide a number of opportunities, such as benefits for the patients. Additionally, such services can help recruit physicians, Mr. Newman said. For example, if an ASC provides a recovery care service, patients can come to the ASC for more complex procedures, attracting new physicians. "[Physicians] may be willing to migrate some of their activity to your center," he said.

When looking to develop such recovery care services, Mr. Newman said it is important to check state-by-state regulations, as each state may require different licensing and statues.

"What you need to do is dialogue with your counsel and with state regulators to determine what are the requirements and what are the options for providing rehabilitative care," Mr. Newman said.

Overall, the providing recovery care centers and services can be highly beneficial.

"There's just a terrific opportunity here that you really shouldn't miss because this is something that is coming to the market," Mr. Newman said. "To not address it will put you behind rather than ahead of the game."

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