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Spine Center Care

BIDMC provides spinal care for over 2500 patients each year. Our services include evaluation, outpatient treatments and procedures, pain management, physical therapy and surgical services. Patients in need of spine care should consider the hospital's experience with outpatient treatments, surgical procedures, patient outcomes, patients' experiences with care, and the efficiency of care.

Spine Center Activity and Outcomes

Outpatient Clinic Activity and Outcomes

Access BIDMC Performance
Q1 FY 12 1
FY 12 Goal 2
Time to appointment for spine evaluation for new patients
A higher score is better.
42% 65%
Patient Experience
A higher score is better.
BIDMC Performance 3
Q1 FY 12
BIDMC Custom Comparative
Database 3
Q1 FY 12
National Database 3
Q1 FY 12
Experience with Spine Care Provider 62% 79% 78%
Care Providers efforts to include patient in care decisions 62% 78% 77%
Overall Assessment of the Spine Center 60% 77% 76%
Likelihood to Recommend the Spine Center for Outpatient Care 60% 77% 76%

Inpatient Activity and Outcomes

Back & Neck Procedures BIDMC Performance 4
FY 2009
BIDMC Performance 4
FY 2010
BIDMC Performance 4
FY 2011
Volume of Back & Neck Procedures (excluding spinal fusions reported below). 173 196 210
Average Length of Stay in Hospital for Back & Neck Procedures 2.0 days 1.8 days 2.2 days
Outcomes
% of Back & Neck surgical cases with intra-operative dural tear. 6.9% 2.6% 6.7%
% of Back & Neck surgical cases requiring unplanned reoperation within 30 days of initial operation. 4.6% 1.0% 7.1%
% of Back & Neck surgical cases requiring unplanned readmission to BIDMC within 30 days of discharge 3.5% 3.6% 6.7%
Spinal Fusion Procedures BIDMC Performance 4
FY 2009
BIDMC Performance 4
FY 2010
BIDMC Performance 4
FY 2011
Volume of Spinal Fusion procedures. 239 284 277
Average Length of Stay in Hospital for Spinal Fusion Procedures. 3.4 days 3.5 days 3.4 days
Outcomes
% of Spinal Fusion surgical cases with intra-operative dural tear. 3.8% 1.4% 6.1%
% of Spinal Fusion surgical cases requiring unplanned reoperation within 30 days of initial operation. 5.9% 2.8% 3.2%
% of Spinal Fusion surgical cases requiring unplanned readmission to BIDMC within 30 days of discharge 3.8% 1.8% 4.7%

1 Source of data: BIDMC Administrative/Patient Level database, and access time is calculated upon the appointment schedule date.
2 Source of comparative data is an internally set goal established by BIDMC.
3 Source of data: BIDMC performance reported by Press Ganey, an independent patient satisfaction survey firm.  Press Ganey also provides comparative National Database Participants (n=702 sites) and comparative Custom Comparative Database (n=51 sites) performance reflects responses received during the same quarterly period.
4 Source of data is BIDMC Administrative Patient Level databases.

Last Updated: March 14, 2012

Contact Information

Silverman Institute for Health Care Quality and Safety
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-1325