Medicare providers are reimbursed according to schedules set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and orthopedic surgeons are reimbursed by the same schedule, known as the CMS Physician Fee Schedule. Over the past two decades, the rates issued to surgeons from that schedule have decreased by a whopping 33 percent, while all costs of delivering quality healthcare have risen.

The news gets worse. Since the federal government has been obliged to issue COVID-19 relief packages to virtually all American businesses, it is very likely that there will be fewer funds available in the coming year. That, of course, will trigger another rate reduction for orthopedic surgeons as well as general practitioners.

What does all this mean? Without a doubt, it will result in less care being delivered to those who need it – Americans who really need surgery will be unable to attain it. It has already begun. Over the next three years, more than 300 musculoskeletal procedure codes will be removed from the CMS schedule, and that includes 67 codes for 2021. Arthroplasty procedures will likely be rationed to Medicare patients, with only severe cases receiving attention.

One option for orthopedic surgeons 

Given the fact that reimbursement rates will inevitably decline for the foreseeable future, surgeons are faced with the prospect of having to make up that lost income somehow. OrthoLazer is a company that has developed the most cutting-edge laser technology for non-invasive treatment of joint and tissue treatment, using the MLS M8 Robotic Laser, which has been endorsed by the FDA for treating pain and inflammation. As an orthopedic surgeon, you can have access to this world-class technology and open your own laser therapy center to deliver high-quality care to patients.

OrthoLazer offers a program that has been dubbed the “business-in-a-box,” in which they work closely with you to set up a franchise business featuring this advanced technology. The company will help you locate a site for your new laser therapy center, they’ll help you staff your center, and they will provide all the ongoing support you need to make your venture a successful one. Obviously, there’s a huge market for this kind of care, and there is literally no better form of treatment in existence for pain and inflammation. That means you practically have a “can’t-miss” opportunity here.

Orthopedic surgeons around the country have already taken advantage of this fantastic business opportunity, and there’s another appealing aspect to it as well. You would be providing a much-needed service to your community, one that offers an alternative to opioid usage. The number of patients seeking relief from chronic pain grows daily, so there’s literally no better time for you to contact OrthoLazer to learn how to become an OrthoLazer Orthopreneur.

 

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OrthoLazer Orthopedic Laser Centers offer patients and their doctors an innovative and effective alternative pain management option to treat acute and chronic orthopedic conditions. Founded by Dr. Scott Sigman – the original opioid-sparing surgeon – our centers further his mission of providing his patients non-operative and non-opioid treatment options. If you’d like more information about OrthoLazer, please visit our website at ortholazer.com.