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Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Dec. 22, 2016.  By Megan Wood -
Joint replacement specialist at Chicago-based Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Denis Nam, MD, received an award at the 2016 Current Concepts in Joint Replacement meeting. By Laura Dyrda -
Vail (Colo.)-Summit Orthopaedics partnered with Universal Research Solutions for electronic patient data collection. By Laura Dyrda -

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A study published in The Spine Journal examines the Timed Up and Go test for objective functional impairment in lumbar degenerative disc disease patients.   By Laura Dyrda -
A panel of spine surgeons and clinicians published an article in Spine titled "Best Practices for Outpatient Anterior Cervical Surgery" to outline the best practices for selecting patients and performing cervical total disc replacement and fusion procedures in the ASC. By Laura Dyrda -
The IBM Institute for Business Value and The Economist Intelligence Unit conducted a survey of 200 healthcare executives in 16 countries, with a focus on blockchains in healthcare, according to healthcare informatics.  By Megan Wood -
Rehovot, Israel-based Carevature Medical reported U.S. surgeons are experiencing positive outcomes using the company's Dreal Powered and Curved Spinal decompression system.  By Megan Wood -

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Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University and Germany-based Siemens Healthcare researchers created an algorithm to automatically label images of vertebrae during spine surgeries. The algorithm, "LevelCheck," pinpoints individual vertebrae in real time during spine surgery.  By Megan Wood -
Said G. Osman, MD, is opening Advanced Spine Endoscopy and Pain Institute in Frederick, Md.  By Megan Wood -
The NeuroMedical Center's The Spine Hospital of Louisiana in Baton Rouge is the first hospital in Louisiana to offer minimally invasive laser spine surgery.  By Megan Wood -
Technavio analysts identified the major drivers of growth in the neurosurgery market, which will likely grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9 percent between 2016 and 2020.  By Megan Wood -
According to a survey by Black Book, the upcoming year features IT trends that could disrupt the healthcare industry unlike anything preceding it.  By Eric Oliver -
The Los Angeles Clippers will be without their star forward Blake Griffin after Neal ElAttrache, MD, performed arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee.  By Eric Oliver -
In October 2016, CMS released the second data feed of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, offering a broader picture of complete claims data for the second quarter of 2016.  By Megan Wood -
The state of Michigan is offering a $1 million economic development support package to Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Stryker, the Detroit Free Press reports.  By Eric Oliver -
An Association for Healthcare Philanthropy report found donations to nonprofit hospitals and healthcare systems slightly fell in 2015, according to The NonProfit Times.  By Mary Rechtoris -
CMS is allowing more physicians to participate in Medicare's advanced alternative payment models for hip procedures, femur procedures, bypass surgery and heart attack care, MedPage Today reports.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Surgeons can make patients active participants in their treatment plans to bolster the patient experience, which is exceedingly important as healthcare transitions to value-based care. New York-based orthopedic surgeon Kevin Plancher, MD, aims to do just that.  By Mary Rechtoris -
With the mission of serving the patient, healthcare providers should, logically, place the patient at the center of the perioperative period.  By Megan Wood -
The future of the global joint repair market is in sports medicine, point-of-care tests and robotic assisted surgeries, according to a report from P&S Market Research.  By Eric Oliver -
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