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The AHCA Gets It Wrong: Health Care Is Different

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By Robert Berenson, published in Health Affairs March 22, 2017 Congressman Ryan has now produced his fundamental health care reformation to support a “consumer-directed” vision in which services would be bought and sold like other goods and service in the economy. Indeed, responding to the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment that 24 million Americans would lose their health … Read More

Marked Variability in Diagnostic Interpretation of Lumbar Spine MRI Found

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Richard J. Herzog, MD, FACR, and Donald S. Corenman, MD, DC Comment Written by Kristin Della Volpe for Spine Universe Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of a single patient’s lumbar spine at 10 different MRI centers showed marked variability in reported interpretive findings and a high prevalence of interpretive errors, according to a prospective observational study published … Read More

Spreemo Health Launches Spine Radiology Network to Raise Standard of Spine Care


New program to improve outcomes and reduce diagnostic errors for patients with back pain NEW YORK (March 16, 2017) — Spreemo Health today announced the launch of its new Spine Radiology Network, answering the overwhelming demand from Fortune 500 employers and other payers for an innovative healthcare solution that leverages the company’s cutting-edge quality analytics … Read More

Spreemo Health’s Lead Radiologist Honored for Contributions to New York Healthcare


Dr. Herzog’s impact has improved the quality of diagnostics both in New York and nationwide NEW YORK (February 23, 2017)—Richard Herzog, MD, Executive Director of the Spreemo Health Quality Research Institute, was recently honored with a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) “Promoting Health and Wellness” Award from City & State New York to recognize his efforts … Read More

Spreemo Health’s Chief Radiologist Invited to Speak at Leading Radiological Symposium


Two lectures to highlight importance of provider quality, value-based healthcare SAN DIEGO (February 23, 2017)—Richard Herzog, MD, Director of Spinal Imaging at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and Executive Director of Spreemo Health’s Quality Research Institute, will deliver two invited lectures at the 2017 Annual Symposium of the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR). … Read More

One Woman, 10 MRI Scans, 10 Different Diagnoses

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By Nick Keppler for Tonic, Vice   Feb 22 2017, 1:36pm She did it for science. An MRI scan is a lot more like a Rorschach test to your radiologist than you’d probably like to imagine. That’s the summary of a study recently published in The Spine Journal. Researchers sent a 63-year-old woman with lower back pain … Read More

Study Sheds Light On Disturbing Trend In MRI Scans For Back Pain

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CBS Local News with Dr. Max Gomez February 17, 2017 7:29 PM NEW YORK (CBS New York) — There was disturbing news Friday, about the accuracy of MRI scans for back pain. A new study says the commonly prescribed exams and the doctors reading them may be getting it wrong, and as CBS2’s Dr. Max … Read More

Finding Value at the Intersection of Price and Quality

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By Allon Yosha When I first entered the world of health care, it felt like a black box: so completely opaque that it wasn’t clear anyone could fully understand everything going on inside. My knowledge of insurance types, government regulations, and reimbursement methods was mediocre at best. My understanding of diagnostic equipment, imaging protocols, and … Read More

HSS study underscores consequence of diagnostic errors for lumbar spine conditions — 5 insights

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Written by  Megan Wood | Thursday, 12 January 2017  A New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery study analyzed diagnostic errors for lumbar spine conditions, published in The Spine Journal. Spreemo Health’s Quality Research Institute funded the study. Richard Herzog, MD, HHS’ director of spinal imaging and executive director of Spreemo Health’s QRI, led the study. … Read More

New Study from Hospital for Special Surgery Reveals Diagnostic Error Rates up to 43%


Errors highlight need for reliable standards of provider quality, authors argue NEW YORK (January 12, 2017)—A new clinical study published on December 20, 2016, in The Spine Journal reveals significant variability in provider quality as well as diagnostic error rates considerably higher than previously reported in the literature. In the study, conducted by the Hospital … Read More