How to Build a Thriving Pain Management Network


At the 20th Annual Spine, Orthopedic + Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference, attendees gathered to discuss the best practices for successfully building a thriving pain management network. 

Moderated by Paige Twenter, Assistant Editor of Becker's Healthcare, the panel featured three esteemed speakers: Yeshvant A. Navalgund, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Ambulatory Surgery for National Spine & Pain Centers; Randall Brewer, MD, Pain Management Physician from River Cities Interventional Pain Specialists; and Amit Patel, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Summit Spine & Joint Centers. The panelists discussed their extensive knowledge and experience in the field, and explored the key strategies for assembling a successful network and the best methods for fostering collaboration between all stakeholders.

Key Takeaways:

1: To define thriving in a pain management network, it is important to consider the quality of care and patient satisfaction.

The success of a pain management network can be measured by the quality of care and patient satisfaction. This includes embracing innovation, creating a multidisciplinary network, having strong referral bases, and using technology such as AI for automation.

2: Patients are becoming more engaged in healthcare decisions, and ambulatory surgical centers can provide care at a lower cost and leverage technology to provide transparency.

Patients are now more involved in their healthcare decisions. To attract patients, ambulatory surgical centers can offer cost-effective care and use technology to provide transparency. SEO marketing and regular touchpoints with referring physicians can also be beneficial for attracting consumers.

3: Hiring the right people is key to creating a culture where everyone can thrive.

Building a strong team with staff who understand the mission and values of the company is crucial to fostering a positive workplace culture. Investing in SEO and geofencing can also be beneficial for patient acquisition. Ensuring physicians buy into the newer culture is important to maintain a patient-centric environment.

4: Cash flow is essential to running a successful network and organization.

Cash flow is crucial to the success of a pain management network. As the healthcare industry becomes more consolidated, innovation will be key to success. This includes opening up ambulatory surgical centers in the next 10-15 years to improve patient access to care.

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