BioSpine & Medicare - A Perfect Match!

An Unfortunate Fact: At other medical practices, most Medicare patients are told they are NOT candidates for spine surgery and are referred to a lifetime of pain management.

The reason for this is that most surgeons still perform traditional open spine surgery. Traditional open spine surgery takes 2 to 3 hours, is performed through 4 to 6-inch incisions, involves significant blood loss and requires an extensive recovery period. These factors make traditional open spine surgery unreasonable for a Medicare-aged patient, but things are different at BioSpine!

BioSpine Institute minimally invasive surgery is completely different and allows Medicare patients to receive the benefits of spine surgery without the hurdles and complications that make traditional open spine surgery unreasonable.

Answers to Frequently Asked Medicare-Related Questions

BioSpine has been treating patients in their 70s and 80s for more than 20 years!

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When you come to the BioSpine Institute, you can expect experienced, dedicated surgeons providing faster healing and excellent results. And while we're proud of the unparalleled experience your surgeons provide, we know that your own experience with surgery is just as important. Just thinking about spine surgery can be emotionally overwhelming. While the hopeful anticipation for relief from pain is a powerful driving force, patients can often be held back by worry and fear of the unknown. Understanding this, we have designed the entire BioSpine Experience with you, the patient, and your needs in mind. The BioSpine Experience is intended to make things easier for you and to help you feel confident through every step of your surgical process. Your BioSpine Experience begins with your patient concierge. When you reach out to BioSpine, whether you're booking an appointment or just have questions, you'll reach a patient concierge. The patient concierge will walk you through the steps of a consultation, medical review, and surgery. They are able to answer any questions you may have about how BioSpine's minimally invasive surgery differs from traditional surgery and laser surgery, are prepared to address insurance and logistical concerns, and will provide a cost-benefit estimate as well. When you're ready, your patient concierge will book your consultation appointment. You have questions. Your patient concierge has the answers. At your consultation, you'll speak directly with the surgeon who will perform your procedure. You are an individual. The BioSpine surgeons provide the personalized care you deserve. And once you've made the life-changing decision to have surgery at BioSpine, you'll be introduced to two more key people in your BioSpine Experience. Your patient educator is now your point of contact for any and every concern you may have. When you come up with new questions or concerns, your patient educator is there to answer and address those with knowledge, experience, and a direct understanding of the plan your surgeon has formulated to treat your pain. Your patient educator will also provide you with information on benefits and options that you may not have considered. You want to know everything your surgery will entail. Your patient educator will ensure you understand every aspect of your experience. Making the decision to move forward with this life-changing surgery is made simple with the coordinated assistance of your patient educator and our in-house expert on insurance and the benefits you have available towards your surgery. Your patient educator will then introduce you to your surgical concierge. Consider your surgical concierge as a direct link to your surgeon. The surgical concierge will be in constant contact with you as you prepare for your surgery. They will advise you of all the logistical details necessary. If you need to see other physicians, obtain paperwork, or take additional steps at home, the surgical concierge will advise, remind, and follow up for you. Your healing journey is more than just surgery. Your surgical concierge gives you attention before, during, and after your procedure. We know that there are a lot of questions when you're considering spine surgery. The BioSpine Experience team is equipped to handle all of them. We know this because we built the experience with a very specific focus, you. So we have more answers, more personalized care, more education, and more attention, more you.
What makes BioSpine different than other medical practices that treat Medicare patients with back injuries?

Experience Matters. The surgeons at BioSpine Institute have built their careers and medical reputations by treating neck and back pain on Medicare patients. They have been recognized by Consumer Reports, HealthGrades, and many other publications for their top-in-the-nation surgical outcomes, specifically those of Medicare patients. Our surgeons have 50,000 surgeries performed - and counting!

 

Specialized Care. BioSpine Institute treats only neck and back health concerns and the surgeons have done so for their entire medical careers. BioSpine surgeons are not shoulder and knee surgeons, or pain management docs – they are orthopedic and neuro-surgeons that specialize in all aspects of care and treatment for neck and back pain.

 

Minimally Invasive. This surgical approach is a true game-changer in regard to your overall outcome and recovery! You have choices.

Why does a surgeon’s experience matter?

All surgeons are not created equally. Spine surgery is a specialty area of medicine requiring exceptional skill. The BioSpine Institute consists of a small group of surgeons that share two common factors: first, their vast surgical experience. All of our surgeons are approaching, or have exceeded, 10,000 surgeries performed. Combined, our surgeons have performed over 50,000 surgeries and have 70 years of experience. Secondly, the BioSpine surgeons only perform surgery using the minimally invasive surgical approach. Both skill and experience are critical to a successful surgery and a positive outcome.

Does Medicare cover the procedures performed at BioSpine Institute?

Yes, the vast majority of the procedures performed at BioSpine Institute are covered by Medicare in an out-patient facility.

 

BioSpine Institute has deemed status with Medicare and all of the BioSpine surgeons are credentialed by Medicare.

Does the American Medical Association (AMA) recognize the procedures you perform?
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Yes. All procedures performed at BioSpine Institute are identified by CPT codes, which are recognized and copyrighted by the American Medical Association. These CPT codes are a key component to ensuring a procedure is covered by health insurance.

Traditional Approach : 4inch - 6inch incision BioSpine's Approach : 3/4 inch incision
Traditional Approach : 4inch - 6inch incision
BioSpine's Approach : 3/4 inch incision
Is the minimally invasive surgical (MIS) approach the right approach for a Medicare patient?

Yes, and you should demand it. The surgeons at BioSpine Institute perform ALL surgical procedures using this approach, for which the benefits are countless.

  • Entire procedure performed through incision of approximately 3/4”
  • Length of surgery time, and time spent under anesthesia is significantly shorter with MIS
  • No cutting of valuable back muscles with MIS
  • Recovery time for MIS is estimated to be half that of recovery time for traditional surgery

Please Note: It is estimated that less than 10% of spine surgeons use the MIS approach for some of their procedures, and approximately 3% perform all of their surgical procedures using the minimally invasive approach.

 

MIS is the gold standard, dramatically increasing the likelihood of a successful surgery and a quick recovery!

3/4 inch - Incision Size

Incision Size

30 - 60 Minute Average Surgery time

30-60 Minute Average Surgery Time

Outpatient Surgery

Outpatient Surgery

Shortened Recovery

Shortened Recovery

I live in Lakeland, Sarasota, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami, or The Villages. Is it a very far drive to Tampa or Orlando?

A large percentage of patients travel from outside the area and feel any inconvenience from the minimal travel is far outweighed by the results received at BioSpine Institute. From first consultation to final outcome, the entire process takes just a few visits. Patients visiting from more remote distances often consider an overnight stay the night before surgery.

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We're sorry to interrupt, but we know a fear of surgery can hold some people back. 70% of the patients who come to BioSpine are sucessfully treated without surgery. The first step is understanding what is casuing your pain - take that step and schedule a consultation. It's that easy.
We're sorry to interrupt, but we know a fear of surgery can hold some people back. 70% of the patients who come to BioSpine are sucessfully treated without surgery. The first step is understanding what is casuing your pain - take that step and schedule a consultation. It's that easy.
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