DISC Sports & Spine Center Signs Agreement with Anthem Blue Cross to Provide In-Network Services

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Deal Part of Growing Trend Enabling More Patients Access to Affordable, Top-Quality Surgical Care Outside of the Hospital Setting

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - DISC Surgery Center at Newport Beach

Such an in-network relationship gives subscribers affordable access to superior healthcare while reducing the overall impact on an already taxed health system in America.

DISC Sports & Spine Center (DISC) today announced a partnership with Anthem Blue Cross, California’s largest commercial payor, to provide its subscribers with in-network services at both of DISC’s ambulatory surgery centers, Diagnostic and Interventional Surgical Center and DISC Surgery Center at Newport Beach. Effective immediately, patients with Anthem Blue Cross coverage may seek care from DISC across a wide range of specialties, including minimally invasive spine surgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, pain management and conservative treatments.

Today’s announcement, made by DISC’s Chief Operating Officer Karen Reiter, also represents the growing trend of insurance companies recognizing ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) as viable options for affordable, top-quality care outside of the hospital setting. DISC forged agreements with UnitedHealthcare in 2010 and Aetna in 2011, before beginning negotiations with Anthem Blue Cross in 2013. DISC’s 2014 joint venture with industry leading Surgical Care Affiliates helped move those talks forward.

“We are very pleased at the opportunity to work with Anthem Blue Cross in breaking some exciting new ground for patients,” said Reiter. “Such an in-network relationship gives subscribers affordable access to superior healthcare while reducing the overall impact on an already taxed health system in America.”

Launched in 2007, the DISC medical group has prided itself in expanding the number and type of high-acuity surgeries capable in the outpatient setting—each provided safely, efficiently and with outcomes often surpassing those in the hospital setting. DISC’s dedication to recruiting top-quality clinical experts and careful selection of clinically eligible patients substantially reduces the risk of infection, earning DISC’s ASCs a zero percent MRSA infection rate in spine surgery and AAAHC accreditation.

To properly accommodate and provide the best possible services to all future patients, DISC plans to expand its full-time and per diem staff by 25 - 30%. This will be particularly important as the center continues to explore other in-network opportunities and sub-specialty service lines to deliver its high-acuity, musculoskeletal and neurological care throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.

About DISC Sports & Spine Center
DISC Sports & Spine Center (DISC) is California’s premier medical group providing the full scope of spinal care, orthopedics, pain management and conservative treatments. DISC has set a new standard for high-acuity, minimally invasive spine surgery and arthroscopy in an outpatient setting, both safely and on a more cost-effective basis. In partnership with Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), one of the nation’s leading surgical care companies, DISC operates state-of-the-art outpatient surgery centers in Marina Del Rey and Newport Beach. Both centers are accredited by the AAAHC, have a zero MRSA infection rate and are conveniently located next to major freeways and airports. DISC, which accepts most major insurance plans, is also the official medical services provider for Red Bull and a proud partner of the LA Kings. For more information, contact 866-481-DISC, or visit http://discmdgroup.com.

About Surgical Care Affiliates
An industry leader, SCA partners with physicians, health systems and payers to develop and implement surgery strategies across the country. As of March 31, 2015, SCA operated 190 surgical facilities – including ambulatory surgery centers, surgical hospitals and one sleep center – in partnership with approximately 2,300 physicians and in affiliation with 44 health systems across the country. SCA's clinical systems, service line growth strategies, benchmarking processes and efficiency programs create measurable advantage for surgical facilities – clinically, operationally and financially. For more information on SCA, visit http://www.scasurgery.com.

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