The 2nd quarterly Washington State Spine Care Collaborative meeting was held on Friday, March 30th at Harborview Medical Center. The aim of this meeting was to link practitioners, payers, policymakers, and patients to address important issues in spine surgery with the goal to improve spine care in Washington State. David R. Flum, MD, CERTAIN Medical Director, discussed the background and mission of CERTAIN and its role in addressing variability in safety, quality, and indications.
Dr. Neal Shonnard, SCOAP Associate Medical Director for Spine, shared an update on Spine SCOAP, its progress to date, efforts to address variability and early wins in the project. The progress of the statewide Spine CER Initiative was presented by Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Washington. She reviewed the development of the Spine Comparative Effectiveness Resarch (CER) project, progress and next steps.
Forum attendees participated in a structured group discussion around "Addressing Variability in Use of High Resource Intensive Interventions." Spine patient Tony Brock shared his personal experience with spine surgery and spoke to strategies to engage patients to participate as advisors to quality and research initiatives.
Our first meeting was held in connection with the University of Washington Spine Summit meeting on October 1st. Planning is underway for the next meeting to be held this summer.