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Madhavan A. Pisharodi, MD, has recently received a patent for an improved solar panel, according to The Brownsville Herald.  By Allison Sobczak -
When considering adding spine to an ASC, Nick Shamie, MD, of Santa Monica-based UCLA Spine Center, recommends surgeons check coverage for specific procedures. Payers may not cover certain procedures a surgeon wishes to perform, in which case the cash prices must be affordable for patients.  By Megan Wood -
A study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found few complications in hand and shoulder surgeries taking place in outpatient centers.  By Allison Sobczak -

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South Korean researchers studied the reliability of an MRI scoring system for spinal facet joint inflammatory lesions, according to Taylor & Francis Online.  By Megan Wood -
Minimally invasive surgery using a laser is not effective for all patients with back pain, according to Cleveland Clinic. Michael Steinmetz, MD, co-director of Cleveland Clinics' Center for Spine Health, discussed appropriate cases for laser spine surgery.  By Megan Wood -
Rothman Institute in Philadelphia signed an in-network contract with Humana. By Laura Dyrda -
A new article published in Spine examined the impact of lumbar stiffness post-surgery on daily activities. By Laura Dyrda -

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U.S. physician practices spend, on average, more than $15.4 billion dealing with the reporting of quality measures every year, according to a new Health Affairs article.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Here are 14 key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies over the past week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Stryker has completed its acquisition of the CareFusion vertebral compression fracture portfolio of products from Becton, Dickinson and Company.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Lancaster (Pa.) Regional Medical Center plans to break ground next month on a new, two-story orthopedic outpatient center, according to the Central Penn Business Journal.  By Allison Sobczak -
Here are eight spine surgeons and neurosurgeons in the news this past week.  By Allison Sobczak -
Here are 15 orthopedic surgeons in the news this past week.  By Allison Sobczak -
A new study published in Clinical Spine Surgery examines complications within the first year after undergoing extreme lateral interbody fusion. By Laura Dyrda -
Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, La., opened the Lane NeuroSpine Destination Center.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Raleigh (N.C.) Orthopaedic Clinic agreed to pay a $750,000 settlement regarding an alleged HIPAA violation, according to the HHS.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Robert Ramsey, a clinical trial patient who underwent total disc replacement receiving the AxioMed Freedom Lumbar disc, completed the Boston Marathon on April 18.  By Anuja Vaidya -
SI-BONE published two-year results from SIFI, a prospective multicenter clinical trial of SI joint fusion using its iFuse Implant System.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Stryker reported strong financial growth for the first quarter of 2016.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Athletes with aches and pains caused by no known physical cause before concussions may experience longer recovery periods following concussions, according to Science Codex. These medical complaints are called psychosomatic symptoms, indicating psychological distress manifesting as physical illness.  By Megan Wood -
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