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Orthofix CFO Mark Heggestad resigned due to "personal circumstances" amid controversy as the company works to update financial statements from the past few years that were based on wrong numbers. 
Here are 11 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons in the news this week. 
  Minimally invasive spine surgery has become more pervasive over the past five years with enhanced techniques and technology to achieve better outcomes and lower the cost of care. Surgeons across the country are performing these less invasive techniques, and the surgeons at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush's Minimally Invasive Spine Institute have a hand in promoting minimally invasive spine surgery education, technology and advancement.  
  Two spine surgeons discuss ways to maintain good referral relationships.  
Zyga Technology completed a round of financing to prepare the company for the future. 
A study published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques examines the long-term outcomes after revision neural decompression and fusion for same-level recurrent lumbar stenosis. 
Baxano Surgical completed a recent subordinated convertible note of financing. 
The American Medical Association's Current Procedural Technology Editorial Panel published the 2015 Professional Edition Manual, including the newly-created CPT code for minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion. 
  Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Sept. 25, 2014.  
  The U.S. Treasury Department announced new regulations earlier this week to discourage companies from moving their headquarters overseas through tax-inversion deals, including Medtronic's plan to move headquarters to Ireland after finishing their acquisition of Covidien, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.  
Becker's Healthcare released the 2014 "226 Spine Surgeons & Specialists to Know." 
Nanovis Spine received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its FortiCore interbody fusion devices.  
  A study published in Spine examines trends in three different surgical treatments for thoracic disc disorders for patients with myelopathy.  
Blackstone Group acquired Chinese-based Xinrong Best Medical Instrument for $100 million, according to a HealthPoint Capital report. 
Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Life Spine received FDA clearance for the LONG BOW Expandable Lateral Interbody System. 
SpineGuard reported revenue was down in the first half of 2014 as compared to the same period last year. 
  Here are 10 hospitals expanding orthopedic services over the past few months.  
The spine surgery and treatment field is changing, swept up in overall healthcare trends post-reform. With more data available and pressure toward pay-for-performance, new trends could take hold in the future. 
An article published in the September 2014 issue of Spinal Deformity, the official journal of the Scoliosis Research Society, examines the factors predicting cost-effectiveness of adult spinal deformity surgery two years after the procedure. 
SI-BONE received a patent on the systems and methods for bone fixation and fusion covering a threaded, fenestrated implant with a tapered distal end that can be placed from one bone across a joint into another bone. 
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