On January 1, 2014 three specialty groups — Precision Spine Care, Dr. Jonathan Blau and Texas Pain — combined their resources to create a regional center of excellence for spine care and pain management under the name Precision Spine Care.
The merger combines the expertise of three fellowship-trained pain specialists within Texas Pain; physical medicine specialist Jonathan Blau, MD; along with three spine-specialized neurosurgeons and a second physical medicine specialist to create a fully comprehensive spine and pain center for the East Texas region in 2014.
With the merger, effective January 1, 2014, Precision Spine Care now includes a multidisciplinary team with two physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) physicians who specialize in the nonsurgical management of back and neck pain; three fellowship-trained pain medicine physicians; and three neurospine surgeons.
“Our group decided that to improve the care of spine and pain problems, we needed a team approach that emphasizes non-surgical treatment options before spine surgery,” emphasizes Dr. Charles Gordon. “By having a team of complementary specialists we improve coordination of care among a team of specialists working together for a patient.”
The merger enables the group to position itself as the regional destination for spine and pain across East Texas and Northern Louisiana, explains Dr. Aaron Calodney, pain specialist. “Health care reform presents a huge burden for specialists,” explains Dr. Calodney. “By merging our three complementary practices, we can speed the integration of electronic medical records which tightens the communication about a patient’s case.”
By combining spine and pain specialists, Precision Spine Care now meets the credentialing criteria to be included in SpineCenterNetwork.com — the only national listing of credentialed spine centers. This accolade makes Precision Spine Care one of only two spine centers in the State of Texas to meet the credentialing criteria of having board-certified spine surgeons; physical medicine physicians; spine therapists; an emphasis on non-surgical capabilities; and report clinical outcomes.