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Here are 19 key notes from spine and orthopedic device companies this week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Medicrea launched the new generation of LigaPASS, the company's band connector technology for posterior thoraco-lumbar fixation, in the United States.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Integra LifeSciences has announced the appointments to its new spin-off spine business, SeaSpine.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Incorporating opioid-reducing strategy

Join a panel of surgeons to hear the challenges and best practices of incorporating an opioid-reducing strategy in the management of postsurgical pain. Register here for the upcoming webcast on May 28. 
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons named H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS, as its 2015-2016 president.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Alphatec Spine appointed Donald A. Williams to its board of directors. By Laura Dyrda -
A study published in The Spine Journal examines the complication rates for revision adult spinal deformity surgery among high-volume hospitals and surgeons. By Laura Dyrda -
Christopher Shaffrey, MD, was named the American Association of Neurological Surgeons secretary for 2015 to 2016, according to a Newswise report. By Laura Dyrda -

Improving patient acquisition through marketing

There is a huge paradigm shift going on that has moved the power of information from the practice to the patient.  77% of individuals are searching for a reputable doctor online and 1/3 of consumers trust the internet as a reliable source for healthcare information.
Alphatec Spine reported higher consolidated net revenue in the first quarter of 2015. By Laura Dyrda -
Public tendering is driving down the orthopedic trauma device market in Europe, according to a new iData Research report. By Laura Dyrda -
Mobile health applications for mobile devices, from tablets to watches, are offering patients and physicians more accessible healthcare and new ways to manage billing and coding.    By Brandon Howard -
Here are the stock reports from five spine device companies for April 30, 2015 and how they compare to their numbers last week on April 23. By Laura Dyrda -
New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery has a new chief of spine service: Frank Schwab, MD. By Laura Dyrda -
Orthofix reported the fourth quarter 2014 and fiscal year financial results, with increased full year sales but operating loss. By Laura Dyrda -
Zimmer released first quarter financial results, with net revenue decreasing and the Biomet acquisition not yet finalized. By Laura Dyrda -
St. Jude Medical intends to acquire Spinal Modulation.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Most orthopedic surgeons only discuss cost with patients occasionally, according to the Medscape Orthopedist Compensation Report 2015.  By Anuja Vaidya -
The biggest orthopedic device companies in the market today are DePuy Synthes, Stryker, Zimmer and Medtronic, according to a new Kalorama Information report, but will they remain there in the future? By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spine examines the MRI rate in patients with spinal cord stimulation. By Laura Dyrda -
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for April 30, 2015.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Six orthopedic and spine surgeons discuss what music they use in the operation room to pump them up — or calm them down — during cases.  By Laura Dyrda -
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