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A new study published in Spine examines the national trends for degenerative spondylolisthesis surgical intervention. By Laura Dyrda -
Here are the recent mergers and acquisitions that took place among spine and orthopedic companies:  By Mary Rechtoris -
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for August 6, 2015.  By Megan Wood -

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.
Here are nine orthopedic surgeons treating professional athletes this past month.  By Megan Wood -
Researchers at Denver Health Medical Center conducted a study to learn how to best reduce healthcare costs among super-utilizers. The study consisted of a cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of 4,774 publicly insured or uninsured super-utilizers at Denver Health between 2011 and 2013.  By Mary Rechtoris -
A patient is filing a lawsuit against DePuy Orthopedics and other subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson for an alleged hip replacement product failure, according to a Penn Record report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Sebring-based Florida Joint and Spine Institute added M. Tom Pack, MBBS, to its physician team, according to a report by The Ledger.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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.
A majority of hospitals performed between 500 and 1,000 joint replacement procedures in 2014, according to the 2015 Joint Replacement Benchmark Report by Ortho Service Line.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Outpatient spine surgery is becoming much more viable now than even five years ago.  By Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, of Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Newport News, Va. -
Tyber Medical, an orthopedics device company in spine and trauma markets, will open a new site in Northampton County, Pa.  By Megan Wood -
Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in Illinois welcomed neurosurgeon Mohammad Shukairy, MD, according to The MidWeek.  By Megan Wood -
The Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine includes a new study examining the impact of steroid use in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. By Laura Dyrda -
Alphatec Holdings, the parent company of Alphatec Spine, reported revenue was down 12.3 percent in the second quarter. By Laura Dyrda -
Orthofix reported flat net sales for the second quarter of 2015. By Laura Dyrda -
Medtronic commenced exchange offers for certain senior notes. By Laura Dyrda -
K2M reported 18.7 percent revenue increase in the second quarter of 2015. By Laura Dyrda -
Charles Bush- Joseph, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago, discusses reimbursement for outpatient orthopedic surgery and where independent practice is headed in the future.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Neurosurgeon John Spitalieri, DO, and his team opened the North Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Clinic. By Laura Dyrda -
Wright Medical Group reported second quarter net sales increased in 2015 compared to the same period last year. By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spine examines the descriptive epidemiology of spinal meningiomas in the United States. By Laura Dyrda -
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