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Domagoj Coric, MD, chief of neurosurgery at Carolinas Medical Center and surgeon at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, has his pulse on the developmental technologies in spine biologics and motion-preservation technology. He is currently participating in three clinical trials examining less invasive biologic disc repair as well as artificial disc replacements that improve on traditional open procedures in both clinical quality and cost. By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spine examines the outcomes for vertebral compression fracture treatment in the Medicare population. By Laura Dyrda -
Steven Falowski, MD, performed the first live feed neurosurgery at St. Luke's University Health Network, according to a News Medical report. By Laura Dyrda -

Maximize ASC performance with HR outsourcing 

Labor costs are an ambulatory surgery center’s single biggest expense. Managing personnel matters also can become an all-consuming task that distracts from an ASC’s ability to serve its patients at 100 percent.
Invuity named a new chief financial officer. By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spine examines the impact of epidural steroids for patients undergoing percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy for disc herniation By Laura Dyrda -
OsteoVantage Co-Founder Eric C. Leuthardt, MD, was named a Health Innovators Fellow by The Aspen Institute. By Laura Dyrda -
The FDA granted clearance for Stryker's MAKO total knee application. By Laura Dyrda -

Reimbursement: Pay attention to your charge master

Surgery centers commonly underestimate the importance of routinely assessing their charge master and ensuring charge levels are appropriate for the services being provided relative to cost, payor allowed amounts, and implant reimbursement methodologies.
Here are 19 key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies over the past week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Spine surgery as a specialty is moving more towards outpatient surgical facilities. Surgical facilities typically are more cost-effective to the insurance company and to the patient. Procedures in ambulatory surgery centers are less expensive than when they're done in an inpatient facility such as the hospital. Therefore, with improved technology and the changing economic landscape in spine surgery, more spine surgeons are opening or developing partnerships in ambulatory surgical facilities.  By James Chappuis, MD, of SpineCenterAtlanta -
Here are 13 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons in the news this past week.  By Megan Wood -
Here are 10 spine surgeons who recently received awards or promotions.  By Megan Wood -
NYU Langone Medical Center's Hospital for Joint Diseases appointed R. Shay Bess, MD, chief of adult spinal deformity in the department of orthopedic surgery, effective Sept. 1.  By Megan Wood -
There is tremendous change in minimally invasive spine surgery internationally. Surgeons around the world are learning less invasive techniques to treat spinal disorders and injuries, and surgeon instructors are learning things from their counterparts overseas. By Laura Dyrda -
David Geier, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sports Medicine Specialists of Charleston and East Cooper Sports Medicine discusses concerns orthopedic surgeons have pertaining to the upcoming ICD-10 transition and the ways surgeons are reimbursed.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Here five spine surgeons discuss the value of remaining in independent practice and the reasons behind the decision.  By Anuja Vaidya -
The global sports medicine market will see rapid growth over the next few years, according to analysis published by Market Research Store.  By Anuja Vaidya -
InVivo Therapeutics, a biomaterials and biotechnology company focused on spinal cord injuries, promoted two members of its management team.  By Megan Wood -
Here are 20 statistics for spine surgeons to know.  By Megan Wood -
Carilion Clinic is transitioning a former grocery store into a new medical building for orthopedics and neurosciences, according to a report from The Roanoke Times. By Laura Dyrda -
LDR reported total revenue increase in the second quarter of 2015. By Laura Dyrda -
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