Fall Clinical Grand Rounds Focused on Back Pain

Fall Clinical Grand Rounds Focused on Back Pain

October 31st, 2017 | Network NewsNews

On October 17, 2017 AHP held its Clinical Grand Rounds focused on back pain and the network’s inaugural Integrated Practice Committee (IPC) that was formed to improve care for that condition. Speakers included Web Pilcher, MD, the chair of the Back Pain IPC and chair of URMC’s Division of Neurosurgery, Matt Devine, DO, Medical Director of AHP and PCP at Highland Family Medicine, Chris Schaeffer, MD, a diagnostic radiologist at Borg & Ide, and Bob Molinari, MD from the URMC Department of Orthopedics and Neurology. Each spoke on the need for mitigating the costs associated with managing patients that present with back pain, while emphasizing the need for value-based care that appropriately treats those patients.

The overarching goal of an IPC is to coordinate care through an entire episode of a patient’s treatment. Within the Back Pain IPC the objective is to work across specialties and through the PCP to drive the patient’s cost of care down, while maximizing the network’s resources. Primary care physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, pain management specialists, care management, surgeons, radiologists and behavioral health providers will all be involved in the care for patients affected by the work of this IPC. The specific sub-committees of this IPC concentrate on the initial presentation phase of a back pain episode when a patient would come to a primary care setting, physical therapy and chiropractic, and radiology and surgery.

During the Grand Rounds, audience members had the opportunity to ask questions and mingle with each other afterward. If you have a question regarding the AHP Back Pain IPC, please contact Melissa Claybaugh, AHP’s Physician Liaison. We welcome input from across the network and will share updates about the Back Pain IPC regularly.