Handling Complex Orthopedic and Spine Procedures in an ASC -- An Audio Conference

On Wednesday, March 19, 2008, ASC Communications hosted Handling Complex Orthopedic and Spine Procedures in an ASC — An Audio Conference.

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The speakers for the show were Dr. John Caruso, who has more than 16 years' neurological surgery experience; Dr. Phillip A. Davidson, the founder and CEO of Tampa Bay Specialty Surgery Center; and Mr. Jeff Leland, the CEO of Blue Chip Surgical Partners.

Attendees of this show, which lasted more than 90 minutes, learned:

  • which spine procedures can be safely and properly performed in an ASC;
  • which knee, hip and shoulder procedures can and can't be performed in an ASC;
  • how to assess patient selection criteria for spine and advanced orthopedic procedures;
  • how to determine which special safety procedures an ASC should have in place as it handles more complex spine and orthopedic procedures; and
  • the requirements for reimbursement for more advanced spine and orthopedic procedures.




• Dr. John Caruso regarding spine procedures in an ambulatory surgery center. He has has more than 16 years of neurological surgery experience. Since completing residencies at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine and the University of New Mexico, Dr. Caruso has been in private practice with Neurosurgical Specialists, LLC, in Hagerstown, Md. Dr. Caruso received his MD from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1990. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and licensed in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

• Dr. Philip A. Davidson regarding advanced orthopedic procedures in an ambulatory surgery center.
Dr. Philip Davidson practices orthopedic surgery in Florida, where he is the founder and CEO of Tampa Bay Specialty Surgery Center. He specializes in cartilage restoration and shoulder surgery, with extensive experience in the area of tissue transplantation, including allografts, xenografts and the usage of autologous growth factors. He is an internationally recognized surgical educator, clinical and basic science investigator, and a widely published scientific author. He is on the clinical faculty of the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine and he is a fellow of the AAOS, ABOS, AANA, AOSSM, ISAKOS, the International Patellofemoral Study Group and the International Cartilage Repair Society. Dr. Davidson also is a Partner of Nascent Enterprises, LLC, a medical device venture catalyst firm that provides strategic advisory and financing services to numerous medical device clients and portfolio companies. Dr. Davidson graduated Harvard College, magna cum laude, and Cornell Medical College, with honors in research. He completed his orthopedic training at Baylor College of Medicine, with a fellowship in sports surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic.

• Jeff Leland, CEO of Blue Chip Surgical Partners, regarding reimbursement for more advanced procedures.
Jeff served as Executive Director, Lutheran General Medical Group, a 260-physician, multi-specialty medical group located in Chicago. Jeff was once a senior-level executive with Advocate Health Care in Chicago, responsible for both Business Development and Advocate's 225,000-member health plan. He also served as President of HealthSpring Medical Group, a primary care medical group that was acquired by Met Life & Travelers, and as Chief Executive Officer of Western Ohio Health Care, an HMO with 200,000+ members, which was acquired by United HealthCare. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School with undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati.

CME Credits: 1.5 CME credit; 1.5 AEU credit

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) thru the Joint Sponsorship of the Institute for Medical Studies (IMS) and ASC Communications Inc. IMS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. IMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses may claim credit for activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits in most states, for up to 50% of the nursing requirement for recertification.

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