For Patients: Information and FAQ

Summit Orthopedics and the Institute for Low Back and Neck Care (ILBNC) join practices to enhance patient care.

Announcement:

We are excited to share that Summit Orthopedics and the Institute for Low Back and Neck Care (ILBNC) are joining practices to benefit our thousands of patients. Anticipated January 1, 2016, the two orthopedic healthcare providers will operate within the same Summit Orthopedics family.

Both Summit and ILBNC share a dedication to conservative approach to spine care, using surgery only as a last resort when other options fail to provide adequate relief.

If you have any additional questions, we welcome you to contact us at 651-968-5200.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is changing?

Summit Orthopedics and the Institute for Low Back and Neck Care (ILBNC) are joining practices to benefit our thousands of patients. We anticipate that as of January 1, 2016, the two orthopedic healthcare providers will operate within the same Summit Orthopedics family.

Why are you making this change?

The quality and cost of healthcare matters. Summit Orthopedics’ mission is to improve and restore quality of life for the communities it serves. To achieve that mission, Summit and ILBNC are committed to improving the patient experience while reducing healthcare costs. By joining forces with ILBNC, Summit Orthopedics aims to provide comprehensive spine care to more Twin Cities area patients in the most conservative manner possible so that healthcare costs can be contained – and patients can get back to the active lifestyle they want.

What is the Institute for Low Back and Neck Care (ILBNC)?

ILBNC, founded in 1979, provides specialized, multidisciplinary spine care to patients with primary clinics in Plymouth and Minneapolis, and several clinics in greater Minnesota. ILBNC’s services span evaluation and diagnosis to injections, minimally invasive surgery and advanced surgical procedures.  They care for acute and chronic low back pain, neck pain, chronic migraine, mid-back pain, sciatica and whiplash, as well as specialized spine conditions such as cervical disc degeneration and herniation, compression fracture and scoliosis.

Will there be any required change to my physician or location?

All Summit physicians will continue to see their patients at their current clinic locations. In addition, physicians from both organizations will perform surgeries and consults at the same hospital facilities.

Will my health insurance be affected?

Summit Orthopedics will not be making any changes to accepted insurances.

What will I need to know/do differently as a result?

The healthcare service you receive from ILBNC and Summit Orthopedics will remain at the same high caliber you’ve come to expect from each provider. In fact, we expect that care will continue to be enhanced in the future as the two organizations integrate.