Sport and Spine Rehab is working to achieve recognition from The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for providing superior care to patients suffering from back pain. The company is the only one in the region to achieve “early adopter” status from NCQA, a nationally recognized authority on healthcare quality.
The Back Pain Recognition Program (BPRP) identifies high-quality physicians and chiropractors who take a patient-centered approach to back pain using 16 evidence-based criteria. These criteria include: thorough patient assessment; recommendations for appropriate physical activity; avoiding unnecessary imaging; patient education and shared decision-making with the patient about surgery and alternatives to surgery; tracking and analyzing surgical outcomes; and surveying patients about their experience.
Back pain is one of the most common ailments in America; about 11 percent of the population experiences pain severe enough to impair their usual daily activities each year, accounting for one-quarter of all workers’ compensation claims. 30 million Americans currently suffer from back pain, and treatment accounts for approximately $91 billion a year.
The Back Pain Recognition Program was developed with input from experts representing orthopedics, neurosurgery, primary care, chiropractic, public health, health plans and employers. In shaping its requirements, NCQA studied some of the best treatment programs in the U.S.
“NCQA has put together a comprehensive set of metrics that will distinguish those who provide patient-centered care. Patients who actively participate in their back pain treatment often choose less invasive forms of care to help restore their health, mobility and ability to work,” said James Weinstein, DO, MS, Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading spine centers.
“How back pain is treated varies tremendously from practice to practice, so that where you go for your care is as important as what is causing your problem,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “This program recognizes physicians, chiropractors and those working with them who provide their patients with careful and systematic care for back pain that combines following solid medical evidence with active patient engagement.”
“The early adoption status means that we have agreed to implement the highest quality guidelines according to NCQA. Once our full set of data has been collected, we fully expect to achieve “Recognition Status” by NCQA for our outcomes,” said Dr. Jay Greenstein, CEO of Sport and Spine Rehab. “We are an integral part of the healthcare team, so it’s important that we’re considered to be amongst the leaders in neuromusculoskeletal care. This is another example of our company’s consistent ability to provide cutting-edge, quality care at a reasonable cost.”
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, recognizes physicians, physician groups and other health care providers in key clinical areas and manages the evolution of HEDIS®, the tool the nation’s health plans use to measure and report on their performance. For more information, visit www.ncqa.org.
The mission at Sport Spine Rehab is to provide a holistic solution for patients by utilizing innovative and state of the art procedures, providing an environment for effective healing and truly recognizing and meeting the individual needs of each patient. Treatment directed at long lasting, functional outcomes is the key to clinical success. More information is available at: www.sportandspinerehab.com.