The role of strategy in health care

Alok D. Sharan, Gregory D. Schroeder, Paul W. Millhouse, Michael E. West, Alexander R. Vaccaro

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Significant changes are occurring in the health care field, and spine surgeons must have an understanding of business strategy if they are going to adapt to the new health care environment. Spine surgeons will be required to demonstrate how their service provides a unique value to their patients or else the patients will obtain care from competitors. Classic methods for demonstrating value such as academic prestige and superior clinical outcomes may no longer be sufficient in the evolving health care field, and surgeons will need to demonstrate a comprehensive and cost-effective treatment algorithm for a diagnosis. This article will discuss the basics of business strategy for the spine surgeon, and ways in which the surgeon may demonstrate value to their patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-334
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 20 2015


  • Affordable care act
  • Business
  • Business of health care
  • Health care strategy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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