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Spinecare Awareness Campaign

Introduction
Influence of the American Academy of Spine Physicians
Campaign Mission
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INTRODUCTION

The evaluation and care of spine and related health problems represents one of the single greatest areas of inefficiency in the American healthcare system. Americans spend about 80-100 billion dollars a year on surgery, physician visits, diagnostic procedures and medication to treat back and neck related problems. Between 1997 and 2005, spinecare spending increased by 60-70% but patient outcomes did not improve. Many potentially unnecessary spine operations are performed each year while other spine disorders go untreated simply because of misinformation and lack of patient education.

The prevalence of spine and related disorders has grown to epidemic proportions. Back pain has become one of the most common reasons for seeing a physician. The direct and indirect cost of back care in the US is estimated to be greater than 150 billion dollars per year. Approximately 80% of the U.S. population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. There are more than 200,000,000 patient visits to chiropractic physicians and neurosurgeons each year for spine-related problems. This estimate does not include visits to primary care physicians for back pain and it also does not include estimated visits to other spinecare specialists. Most individuals will go to the internet to search subjects related to the spine such as back pain, neck pain, back surgery, and spinecare.

The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) is addressing these concerns with one of the most aggressive spinecare awareness campaigns ever attempted by any single group or organization. The campaign and various initiatives were intially launched in 2007. The Academy continues to develop and refine strategic initiatives to educate patients, physicians and the public about the spine, spinecare and the role of spine specialists of various disciplines. The AASP will continue to collaborate with its members, Educational Partners, Educational Sponsors and the International Spine Association (ISA) to accomplish it goals.


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Inform a Colleague

Expand and Educate Your Spinecare Network


Welcome to the Inform a Colleague area of the Academy Website. The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) strives to implement new and more efficient methods for members to communicate with other healthcare professionals. One of the most effective tools is the online "Inform a Colleague" function. This function can be used to expand and educate your spinecare referral network. It also represents a resource to conveniently inform others about trends in spinecare and about offers of organizations such as the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP), the International Spine Association (ISA). The link library also contains an application for membership with the AASP.

The online "Inform a Colleague" feature provides an invaluable time-saving service for keeping spinecare professionalsup-to-date, expanding the spinecare network, stimulating interdisciplinary referrals and for inviting colleagues to join the AASP. The library of links is always being updated with useful information and resources. The linked messages can be used to

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Learn More - 109
AASP Mission - 995
Academy Council - 996
AASP Goals - 998
Position Statements - 999
Benefits of Cooperative Spinecare - 1001
Contact Us - 1002
Buying Advantage Program FAQs - 12592
Physician FAQs - 12595
Public FAQs - 12597
Credentialing FAQs - 12599
Spinecare Facts - 12604
Scientific Consultants - 12619
Spinecare Data Science Committee - 13995

Free Resources - 110
Directory Listings - 1003
eNewsletter Signup - 1004
Brochures and Script Pads - 1005
Steps to Marketing Success - 1009

Healthcare Professionals - 111
Reasons to Join/Renew - 575
Membership Application - 13826
Inform A Colleague - 14012

AASP Members - 112
Member Login - 583
Reasons to Join/Renew - 584

Directory Access - 113
International Directory of Spinecare Professionals - 588
International Directory of Spinecare Facilities - 589
International Directory of Spinecare Products - 590

AASP News - 115
AASP News - 598
Members in the News - 602
Spinecare Data Science Committee - 13996

Corporate Opportunites - 116
Overview - 603
Directory of Spinecare Products - 607
Product Endorsement - 608
Corporate Opportunities - 609
Contact Us - 610
Good Choices Program - 12613

Physicians - 122
Credentialing - 1183
International Spine Association - 1186

Student / Resident - 123
Information Script Forms - 1190
International Spine Association - 1192

Public - 126

Website Links - 276
American Academy of Spine Physicians - 1278
International Spine Association - 1279
International Directory of Spinecare Professionals - 1280
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30 Tips for Better Spine Health
AASP Continuing Education and Credentialing
AASP Continuing Medical Education Affiliate Member
International Spinecare Directory
Online Public Information Center

 

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Join / Renew


Member:
This level of membership is for physicians (MD, DC, DO) whose practice/interest includes patients with spinal disorders. ($295)

Affiliate Member:
This level of membership is for allied healthcare professionals involved in spinecare and/or spine research. This includes physical therapists, massage therapists, exercise physiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician's assistants, diagnostic technicians, surgical technicians, exercise instructors, personal trainers and individuals who hold a PhD and work in the field of spinecare. ($150)

Candidate Member:
This level of membership is for residents, fellows and students who have an interest in spinecare. ($35)





Membership Renewal

Membership will automatically renew each calendar year starting from the date of membership renewal or membership acceptance unless the AASP is specifically notified in writing by the member at least 30 days prior to their renewal date. Please address all correspondence to the AASP Office of Member Services.

Review the accuracy of your contact information and practice profile information including your email address. To update your profile online go to www.spinephysicians.org and login using your unique member ID and PIN as noted below.

Please notify the AASP if you no longer meet membership criteria. This includes maintaining an active license to practice.




 

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