From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other places that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Today’s post originally appeared in The American Spectator on May 21. In the op-ed, neurosurgeons Richard Menger, MD, MPA and Anthony M. DiGiorgio, DO, MHA voice their support of Louisiana HB 941, a bill in the Louisiana State Legislature that would allow only spine surgeons to perform spine surgery.
Non-surgeons have begun performing spine surgery at such a rate that it became necessary for the leading spine organizations — including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves — to adopt a position statement on the issue. As pointed out by Drs. Menger and DiGiorgio, it is a fairly straightforward premise that a physician should be a spine surgeon to perform and bill for spine surgery.
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