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World J Orthop. Jun 18, 2015; 6(5): 409-412
Published online Jun 18, 2015. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v6.i5.409
Economic factors in the future delivery of spinal healthcare
Vincent J Rossi, Junyoung Ahn, Daniel D Bohl, Ehsan Tabaraee, Kern Singh
Vincent J Rossi, Junyoung Ahn, Daniel D Bohl, Ehsan Tabaraee, Kern Singh, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60612, United States
Author contributions: All authors made significant contributions toward the preparation of this manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest: Author Kern Singh has received fees for serving as a consultant for DePuy, Zimmer, Stryker and Globus, royalties from Zimmer, Stryker, Pioneer, Lippincott, Thieme, Jaypee Publishing, and Slack Publishing, and as a board member for Vital 5 LLC, TruVue Surgical, Avaz, and Bijali. The other authors have nothing to disclose.
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Correspondence to: Kern Singh, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, 1611 W. Harrison St., Suite #300, Chicago, IL 60612, United States. kern.singh@rushortho.com
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Received: March 6, 2015
Peer-review started: March 8, 2015
First decision: April 10, 2015
Revised: April 22, 2015
Accepted: May 7, 2015
Article in press: May 8, 2015
Published online: June 18, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Following the enactment and implementation of the patient protection and affordable care act, healthcare providers will witness significant changes in how payments are made for their services. In this editorial, the authors describe the potential benefits and the risks associated with a transition toward the bundled reimbursement system for patients and spine surgeons alike.