Free Nationally Recognized Spine Health Program (2 CME) sponsored by Excellus BCBS in cooperation with Spine Care Partners LLC

 Simpler, Easier & Better Spine Care 

 A Community Approach to Managing Back and Neck Pain 

Excellus BCBS is proud to introduce to our region a nationally recognized educational program for primary care practitioners founded on evidence-based spine care guidelines. PCP feedback to trainings has been very positive, ultimately delivering high patient and provider satisfaction through increased efficiencies and better outcomes.  All Physicians, NPs, PAs are invited to attend. 

The Spine Health Program focuses on a community wide approach to patient active care that embraces a best evidence care pathway, emphasizing the importance of early contact providers, active patient engagement / decision making and clear, engaging communication.

Nationally and regionally, medical costs of spine care have increased significantly over the last 20 years, accompanied by an increase in spine disability. Studies show that first-line provider decisions greatly influence downstream chronicity, disability and costs. Thus, PCPs are a key in solving the problem of spine care. 

At the conclusion of this 2 credit continuing education program, you will be able to apply the diagnostic, treatment and communication skills required to effectively manage the majority of patients with spine-related disorders, ranging from the simple and straightforward patients to the more complex patients, such as those with radiculopathy and chronic pain. You will also gain skills in functioning as a specially-trained spine practitioner within an integrated spine pathway, focused on case coordination (referral, follow up, clinical decision making) across the full cycle of care. 

2 hours of recorded online training in total.


This is online training that will be facilitated by the Primary Spine Provider Network’s partners:

Donald R. Murphy, DC, FRCC, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Brian D Justice, DC Medical Director, Excellus BCBS.

Donald R Murphy, DC, FRCC

Dr. Murphy is a chiropractic physician with over 30 years of experience in practicing, teaching and consulting in Primary Spine Care. He is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh.

He has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors in the United Kingdom. He has also served on the Expert Panel for several spine care guidelines, including those of the American College of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, American College of Physicians and American Pain Society.

Dr. Murphy has nearly 100 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters. He is a co-lead in the certification course for Primary Spine Practitioners offered by the University of Pittsburgh. His recent books, Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain, Volume I and Volume II, serve as the required texts for that course.

Brian Justice, DC

Dr. Justice is currently a Medical Director at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. In 2009, after co-developing and publishing a spine care pathway for what is now a Harvard affiliated hospital, he co-founded Spine Care Partners, LLC, to deliver value based spine programs to various stake holders. In 2012 he was recruited by Excellus BCBS to develop and implement a comprehensive spine program for Upstate NY.

Dr. Justice spent 28 years in a spine focused chiropractic practice in a variety of private, industry and hospital settings. He has published in peer review journals, served on national committees and presented on provider behavior change, quality improvement, pathway development and optimal interdisciplinary spine care. He has been ask to present to such diverse groups as the American Board of Internal Medicine, the North American Spine Society, the Pacific Business Group on Health, UCSF Spine Conference and Stanford Medicine X, to name a few. He was the recipient of the Rochester Health Care Achievement Award in Innovation in 2015.

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