MidState has been Designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® (IOQ) for Spine Surgery

June 16, 2013

In the latest recognition of its leadership in offering quality surgical care, MidState Medical Center has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® for its spine surgery program.

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of healthcare services available to its members to help them to make informed decisions about their healthcare needs. In line with that goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Aetna Institutes™ facilities are selected for providing safe, evidence-based, high-quality, high-value care.

MidState is widely recognized for its innovative and multi-disciplinary spine services in which our entire team assists patients across the continuum of care from education prior to surgery through rehabilitation. The ultimate goal is fostering patients' healing and speeding their recovery.

MidState's spine program coordinates the use of the latest advanced minimally-invasive techniques for the treatment of chronic back and neck pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, vertebral compression fractures, degenerative scoliosis and other intractable spinal problems.

According to Aetna, facilities selected for the network have met the following criteria:

  • Significant experience in spine surgery, including annual volumes at a minimum of 100 spine procedures
  • Significant physician experience in spine care, with at least one physician achieving minimum annual volumes of 50 spine procedures
  • Evidence-based and recognized standards for clinical outcomes, processes of care and patient safety
  • Ongoing follow-up programs and support for spine patients
  • Efficiency in providing care based on overall cost of care, readmission rates and comprehensiveness of program

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