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Blue Belt Technologies, a "smart" surgical instrument developer, and Acibadem Healthcare Group, a healthcare services provider in Turkey, partnered to create an orthopedic surgical robotics program.  By Megan Wood -
Medovex entered into an international distribution agreement with Aureus Medical.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Baptist Health Paducah (Ky.) added Graham C. Hall, MD.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Maximize ASC performance with HR outsourcing

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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.
Yannis Paschalidis, professor at Boston University, teamed up with William G. Adams, MD, to devise a software flagging patients at increased risk for medical emergencies by using data from the patients' electronic health records, according to BU Today.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Experts are finding a relationship between sports injury and prescription drug addiction, according to Vavel.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Paralyzed men moved their legs voluntarily during a UCLA study that used a noninvasive procedure stimulating the spinal cord, according to Laboratory Equipment. The study was published in the Journal of Neurotrauma.  By Megan Wood -
Todd Gravori, MD, FACS, QME, a neurosurgeon and director of ProMedSPINE in Los Angeles, reacted to an article in The Daily Mail about the use of stem cells for back pain relief.  By Megan Wood -

Reimbursement: Pay attention to your charge master

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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.
Aaron J. Greenberg, MD, joined Fredericksburg Orthopaedic Associates in Virginia, according to an article in InsideNoVa.  By Megan Wood -
Spine surgeons are beginning to see a real shift from fee-for-service to value-based care as insurance companies pass risk onto providers. The payers push integrated care models and population health initiatives for the future. By Laura Dyrda -
ConforMIS released results from six clinical studies on their patient-specific implants for total knee replacement. By Laura Dyrda -
Two groups of spine specialists presented their findings on endoscopic minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery at the Spine Intervention Society scientific meeting last week. By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spine examines whether a surgeon's experience impacts their complication rates for adult spinal deformity surgery. By Laura Dyrda -
Here are 55 statistics and issues for spine surgeons to know.  By Megan Wood -
Here are the top eight specialties that earned the most in 2014, according to results of a 2015 survey — based on 2014 income information — from The Medicus Firm.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Zimmer lost $9.2 million after a Los Angeles jury ruled in favor of a man who claimed the Durom Cup caused him permanent injuries, according to drugwatch.  By Mary Rechtoris -
The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York has implemented a program to treat patients at home, according to the International Business Times.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Here are 29 key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies over the past week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
CVS Health and IBM will use Watson cognitive computing to create an individualized healthcare service, according to News Medical.  By Megan Wood -
The Infectious Diseases Society of America released the first United State's guideline on vertebral osteomyelitis, according to Medscape.  By Megan Wood -
NeuroTexas welcomed board-certified spine surgeon Carl Lauryssen, MD, to its team. He will hold appointments and perform surgeries at Lakeway Regional Medical Center, bolstering the center's neurological presence in Central Texas. Lakeway Regional Medical will be at the frontline of clinical trials in neurosurgery.  By Megan Wood -
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