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Accountable care organizations are a huge topic in healthcare right now. Do they improve quality? Can they lower costs? And, importantly, should spine surgeons join? 
Here are 11 spine and neurosurgeons who were in the news over the past week. 
  MarketOptimizer released a new report on the orthopedic power tools market, with some question as to whether robotic technologies and computer assistance will make a big enough impact to stick around.  
Amedica released its second generation silicon nitride transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion device — Valeo II. 
SpineFrontier hired Tamara Souriolle to train its team and surgeon partners. 
A study recently published in Spine examines the in-hospital outcomes for patients who undergo spinal fusion and have HIV. 
Spine Wave launched the Annex Adjacent Level System, the first adjacent level system designed to treat patients with currently instrumented segments from a minimally invasive approach. 
K2M debuted its Everest Minimally Invasive Spinal System at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Global Forum. 
The Sunshine Act passed last year, requiring medical device companies to disclose compensation or gifts given to surgeons. CMS collected data from device companies and the database is expected to "go live" on Sept. 30.  
Sustainability is important in healthcare and spine care, but the ideal situation can be far from reality today. 
  Here are 10 apps orthopedic surgeons are talking about — from clinical information to study abstracts and even professional conference events.  
  Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Sept. 18, 2014.  
  Here are 10 big spine and orthopedic device company acquisitions so far in 2014.  
A study published in The Spine Journal examines the motion characteristics of lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis at the diseased and adjacent levels using kinetic MRI. 
The lawyer trying the first 6,000 liability lawsuits against DePuy Orthopaedics for the Pinnacle hip replacement accused parent company Johnson & Johnson executives of knowing about the problem for more than a decade before the company pulled the product, according to a Bidness ETC report. 
Aurora Spine launched the first wave of its next generation lumbar interbody cages — the ECHO MIS Interbody System and ECHO XL MIS Interbody System.  
Raj Rao, MD, has been named chairperson of the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a Wauwatosa Now report.  
The global biomaterials market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.1 percent from 2013 to 2019, according to a new report from Research and Markets.  
  A study published in Spine found Medicaid patients undergoing spine surgery have a higher rate of surgical site infection.  
  Patient experience and satisfaction is incredibly important in healthcare today, and some orthopedic surgeons are going to great lengths to make their practice more convenient and accessible to patients.  
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