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  From the most common procedures to surgeon compensation, here are 10 things to know about orthopedic procedures and surgeons in the United States.  
The Spine Journal published an article examining trends in surgical treatment for lumbar degenerative disc disease. 
Zimmer acquired ETEX Holdings to enhance its biologics portfolio. 
On Oct. 3, The FOX Business Network's Open Bell with Maria Bartiromo will include Bacterin CEO Dan Goldberger as a guest. 
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Oct. 1, 2014.  
From August to December 2013, medical drug and device companies paid around $3.5 billion to physicians for speaking engagements, consultations, research and more, according to a New York Times report. 
An article published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines spine surgery outcomes when residents are present after the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education implemented a resident duty-hour restriction in July 2003. 
NuVasive opened the European Center of Excellence in Amsterdam, the latest in a string of moves to expand its international presence. 
Amedica named B. Sonny Bal, MD, JD, MBA, president and CEO, effective Sept. 30.  
Camber Capital Management surged its exposure to Orthofix in the middle of the company's ongoing efforts to correct financial reports over the past few years and release accurate 2013 reports, according to an Insider Monkey report. 
According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Medtronic may ask to cut it's $43 billion offer to acquire Covidien after new Treasury Department regulations were introduced to stymie tax-inversion deals. 
The Sunshine Act, passed last year, requires medical device companies to disclose compensation or gifts given to surgeons. The data collected by CMS went live yesterday, showing that from August to December 2013, device companies paid around $3.5 billion to physicians.  
Medical device company SI-BONE formed GmbH to expand the company's European operations and appointed Eric Schaber general manager of Germany. 
Healthcare is an exciting field to work in as technology evolves to improve patient outcomes and rules change to grant broader access to medical care across the United States.  
Can orthopedic specialty private practices feasibly provide comprehensive care and compete with hospital-employed surgeons in new care and payment models? 
NEMARIS received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the next-generation SURGIMAP 2.0 platform.  
A study published in Spine examines the hospital readmission rates after spine surgery for primary metastatic spine tumors. 
Although the lateral approach to spine surgery has been around for a few decades, surgeons are just beginning to fully realize its benefits. Technology has also advanced over time to make the procedure better and offer several benefits for patients and the healthcare system in general. 
Spine device company K2M, which went public earlier this year, is at a critical moment for investors, according to an Equities report. 
Providence Medical Technology received three new United States patents for spinal procedures, according to a report from The Herald. 
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