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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. 
The Philippine Medical Association in Chicago named Henry Echiverri, MD, 2014 Physician of the Year, according to a Chicago Tribune report.  
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery recently published a study examining regional Medicaid access to outpatient orthopedic care. 
Orthopedic device company Orchid Orthopedic Solutions secured a $10,000 Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption, according to an mLive report. 
The B.A.C.K. Center and Crane Creek Surgery Center's Richard Hynes, MD, was recently featured in The Herald Times for his efforts in performing and instructing the oblique lumbar interbody fusion technique. 
Zacks published a recent report on Medtronic's gains since launching the Kyphon Express II Balloon Kyphoplasty Platform. 
Patients are paying more out-of-pocket, which means they scrutinize their medical bills more as well. There are some newly-insured patients who may be surprised by their legitimate medical bills, but there are also seasoned veterans who have higher deductibles now that are receiving medical bills and challenging them. 
  A study published in Spine examines whether surgeon specialty makes a difference for single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.  
There are several big factors impacting medical device technology field today. Key trends include consolidation, focused research spending and international strategy. However, even as the field tightens and becomes tougher, spine device companies are growing larger, going public and launching their products on a global scale. 
Spine surgeon researchers examined the safety and efficacy of pedicle screw placement using intraoperative CT and published their results in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 
  Baxano Surgical recently engaged Houlihan Lokey as its financial advisor, as the company seeks strategic alternatives to its core business — minimally invasive spinal fusion products.  
Robert Masson, MD, president of NeuroSpine Institute of Orlando, performed the first lumbar reconstruction and iMAS Reconstruction Procedure last week using the Kestrel View. 
  Here are 13 key notes on spine and orthopedic device companies.  
PeaceHealth is opening a spine center at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, Ore., according to a report by The Register-Guard.  
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