Spring Spine Meeting: Practical Spine Care ASC Reimbursement Update

March 18, 2021

January 18, 2021
Boyle Cheng Ph.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery
Drexel University
College of Medicine


Welcome to the inaugural series of ten CME accredited sessions, brought to you through the collaboration with RRY Publications, its publisher Robin R. Young and the Allegheny Health Network. 

This new program is designed to present current concepts in spine, orthopedics, surgical robotics, augmented reality and artificial intelligence tools, sports medicine, and neurosurgery and regenerative medicine in a novel, online manner designed to maximize the quality of the educational experience. 

Over the course of the past 12 months, the ability to deliver orthopedic and spine services to patients while also initiating and bringing to completion important research projects, has been disrupted by the COVID pandemic. We believe it is our responsibility to work on behalf of the orthopedic and spine research community, to carry the mantle of research by way of this forum for new and interesting research and ultimately, support the growth and development of spine, neurosurgery, and orthopedic care. 

For the Allegheny Health Network’s Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Spring Spine Meeting, speakers will be presenting on the following topics:

  • Best Spine Surgery Practices in the Ambulatory Surgery Center Setting
  • Implant Retention or Removal for Management of Surgical Site Infection after Spinal Surgery — Global Spine Journal: 2020
  • Evolution in surgical approach, complications, and outcomes in an adult spinal deformity surgery multicenter study group patient population — Spine Deformity Journal 2020
  • In which cases do surgeons specializing in total disc replacement perform fusion in patients with symptomatic lumbar disc degeneration? — The Spine Journal:2020
  • Comparison of Stand-alone Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion Versus Open Laminectomy and Posterolateral Instrumented Fusion in the Treatment of Adjacent Segment Disease Following Previous Lumbar Fusion Surgery — The Spine Journal: 2019
  • The Safety of Single and Multilevel Cervical Total Disc Replacement in Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Current Reimbursement Trends and Forecasts

It is our objective to be among the most current CME meetings available to orthopedic and spine physicians. To that end, please do not hesitate to contact either me or Robin Young (robin@ryortho.com) regarding important topics or studies that should be covered in these meetings.

Boyle Cheng Ph.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery
Drexel University
College of Medicine

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/18/2021 - 7:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
03/18/2021 - 9:00pm EDT

Live Virtual Conference

This conference will be held virtually via ZOOM; a link for the conference will be sent to all participants enrolled in the conference.

Boyle Cheng, M.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery
Drexel University
College of Medicine

Frank Phillips, M.D.
Professor, director of MIS spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center

Alexander K. Yu, M.D.
Allegheny Health Network
Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Surgical Neuro-Oncology, Skull Base Surgery
Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Neurosurgery
Assistant Director, Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
Assistant Director, Adult Deformity Surgery
Surgical Director Neurologic Intensive Care Unit

Gary L. Schmidt, M.D.
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Allegheny General Hospital

Aakash Agarwal, PhD
Director of Research and Clinical Affairs
Spinal Balance, Inc.,
Toledo, OH

Christopher Ames, M.D.
Director of Spinal Deformity and Spine Tumor Surgery, University of California San Francisco

Richard D. Guyer, M.D.
Co-founder of the Texas Back Institute and Director of TBI's spine fellowship program

Alexandre Rasouli, M.D.
Board certified spine surgeon, Cedar Sinai appointment, JBJS consultant reviewer, renowned minimally or non-invasive spine care and advanced living cell clinical researcher

Disclosure of Significant Relationships with Relevant Commercial Companies
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the policy of Allegheny General Hospital, presenters must disclose all relevant financial relationships, which in the context of their presentation(s), could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest, (e.g., ownership of stock, honoraria, or consulting fees). Any identifiable conflicts will be resolved prior to the activity. Any such relationships will be disclosed to the learner prior to the presentation(s).

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Allegheny General Hospital and OTW. Allegheny General hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Allegheny General Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Attendance


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