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Medtronic and Covidien announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Medtronic has agreed to acquire Covidien in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at a total of approximately $42.9 billion.  
At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven Conference in Chicago on June 13, Becker's Healthcare recognized the recipients of the 2014 Spine Device Award.  
At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven Conference in Chicago on June 13, Christoper R. Good, MD, Director of Research at Virginia Spine Institute provided five potential advantages of performing robot-guided surgery.  
At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + the Future of Spine, June 12 in Chicago, Raqeeb Haque, MD, neurosurgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, discussed minimally invasive spine surgery and the paradigms it changes.  
At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + the Future of Spine, June 12 in Chicago, Richard Wohns, MD, founder and president, NeoSpine; Richard Kube, MD, founder, owner and CEO, Prairie Spine and Pain Institute; and Kiran Chekka, MD, partner, Premier Pain Specialists, participated in a panel discussion on key clinical considerations and trends in spine surgery and pain management.  
ReportsnReports has come out with a new estimate on the value of the spinal fusion market over the next six years. Here's how it compares to other reports from around the industry: 
Physician, Former Six Term Governor of Vermont and Former Chairman of the Democratic National Convention, Howard Dean, and Former Ambassador to the United Nations and Republican Diplomat, John Bolton, each provided their insight into the state of healthcare and the state of America at the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven Conference in Chicago on June 13.  
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurosurgeons and AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, released their comments on the Washington State Healthcare Authority Health Technology Assessment program, which is reviewing its coverage policy for lumbar spinal fusion.  
A new study published in Spine examines national trends for pediatric idiopathic scoliosis patients undergoing spinal fusion. 
  At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + the Future of Spine, June 12 in Chicago, Carol Hiatt, BSN, RN, LHRM, CASC, CNOR, an independent consultant with Healthcare Consultants International, discussed risk management strategies for ambulatory surgery centers performing innovative spine procedures.  
At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + the Future of Spine, June 12 in Chicago, Mike Galvin, administrator of The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center in Cincinnati and Michael Stroup, senior vice president of acquisitions, United Surgical Partners International, discussed the prescription for a successful spine surgery center and how The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center has achieved great results.  
At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + the Future of Spine, June 12 in Chicago, David Geier, MD, medical director of East Cooper Sports Medicine in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., discussed the growing importance of physicians using social media and using it well.  
At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference in Chicago on June 13, Stephen Hochschuler, MD, chairman of Texas Back Institute, Anthony Yeung, MD, founder of Desert Institute for Spine Care, and Choll Kim, MD, PhD, of Spine Institute San Diego and Minimally Invasive Center of Excellence, shared their thoughts on what lies ahead for the spine surgery field in a session moderated by Scott Becker, JD, CPA, a partner with McGuireWoods. 
  At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven Conference + Future of Spine in Chicago on June 13, five industry experts discussed the major economic trends shaping the spine and ambulatory surgery center markets in a session moderated by Lindsey Dunn, director of editorial operations at Becker's Healthcare.  
Former NBA player and bestselling author Kareem Abdul Jabbar spoke at the12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven Conference in Chicago on June 12, providing insight into the life of the middle age athlete and the importance of being in good physical and mental health.  
At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven Conference in Chicago on June 12, Louis F. McIntyre, MD PC, and William M. Prentice, JD, CEO of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association provided insight into some of the current political and business challenges in healthcare as well as information about the need for physicians to be involved in the political process.  
While it is possible for independent specialists to leverage their networks for success when going it alone, consolidation has made it increasingly difficult for independent physicians to remain in business, according to Fred Davis, MD, and Louis McIntyre, MD, in their panel titled "The Outlook for Independent Specialists" at the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + Future of Spine on June 12, 2014 in Chicago.  
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At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago on June 13th, Kenny Hancock, president and chief development officer of Meridian Surgical Partners, discussed the practical business implications of building an ASC.  
At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine in Chicago on June 12, Jeff Leland, CEO of Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners, discussed the forces driving the shift of higher acuity cases to ambulatory surgery centers and how ASCs can add specialties such as spine and total joints.  
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