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A new study published in Spine examines the costs associated with anterior cervical fusions based on the volume of procedures the surgeon performs. By Laura Dyrda -
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons announced that almost one-third of costs associated with osteoarthritis incurred in the year before total knee replacements are incurred on non-recommended operations.  By Adam Schrag -
Parsippany-Troy Hills, N.J.-based Pacira Pharmaceuticals announced its Phase 4 study of Exparel in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty has reached statistical significance.  By Adam Schrag -

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El Dorado Hills, Calif.-based Consensus Orthopedics is teaming up with University of Miami Health System to test the TracPatch wearable device.  By Megan Wood -
Bordeaux, France-based Implanet entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Device Technologies for the Australia and New Zealand markets.  By Megan Wood -
Overland Park, Kan.-based Spinal Simplicity named Gary Henley an advisor.  By Megan Wood -
Seema Verma is the new CMS administrator, Medscape reports.  By Megan Wood -

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New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery opened the Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care.  By Megan Wood -
Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital researchers investigated the impact of combined physician-patient orthopedic treatment decisions, according to Medical Xpress.  By Megan Wood -
Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, of Bothell, Wash.-based Spine Institute Northwest, presented findings from a five-year review of full-endoscopic assisted minimally invasive lumbar decompression in an outpatient setting.  By Megan Wood -
Rosemont, Ill.-based American Joint Replacement Registry announced it has collected 1 million samples of hip and knee procedure data.  By Adam Schrag -
Dublin-based Medtronic has announced the FDA 510(k) approval of its Kyphon Xpede Bone Cement, a product to treat sacral fractures through minimally invasive operations.  By Adam Schrag -
A study published in Health Affairs found primary care providers utilizing the eConsult system for referral requests reduced specialty wait times.  By Adam Schrag -
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently reclassified semi-rigid spinal stabilization systems from Class III to Class II offering a regulatory pathway to 510(k) clearance in the United States for innovative devices using PEEK-OPTIMA™ polymer based rods from Invibio Biomaterial Solutions.  By Super User -
New York City-based private equity firm HealthpointCapital named former device company executive Mike Mogul the new managing director. By Laura Dyrda -
Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief and medical director for New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery, recently discussed the future of orthopedics in an interview with Medscape. By Laura Dyrda -
East Stroudsburg, Pa.-based Mountain Valley Orthopedics has opened a new satellite location in Dingmans Ferry, Pa., according to the Pocono Record.  By Adam Schrag -
Washington, D.C.,-based AdvaMed has gone against the grain in backing the GOP's ACA repeal bill, the AHCA, according to The Boston Globe. The American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association, among others, have released statements against implementing AHCA in its current form.  By Adam Schrag -
To Fuse or Not to Fuse: How Artificial Disc Replacement, Hybrid Fusion, and Fusion Alternatives are Changing the World of Spinal Fusion, by Karsten Ritter-Lang, MD, and Jan Spiller, MD, has become an Amazon #1 bestseller.  By Adam Schrag -
Jason Hannon, a San Diego-based NuVasive insider, sold 24,840 company shares on March 8, 2017, according to Chaffey Breeze.  By Megan Wood -
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