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Venture capital money is much sought after in the medical device arena. Orthopedic- and spine-focused companies were once good bets, but now investors are pouring more money into eye and ear companies, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. 
Here are eight recent accomplishments by spine surgeons. 
A study published in the Sept. 15 issue of Spine examines the hospital cost increase in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis fusion patients. 
Here are 10 key notes on spine and orthopedic device companies.  
ChoiceSpine received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the THUNDERBOLT Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw System.  
  Baxano Surgical is participating in a minimally invasive surgery-based training course hosted by the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery to train spine surgeons on endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery techniques.  
  Here are 10 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons in the news this week.  
Here are 11 orthopedic surgeons in the news this week. 
Spine surgeon payment could undergo several changes over the next year that will make a huge impact on the field. 
BLIS, a privately held company pioneering a new type of insurance based on the surgeon centric model, partnered with American HealthCare Lending. 
  Symmetry Medical's short interest sales decreased 41.3 percent during the month of August, according to a WKRB News & Analysis report.  
A study published in Spine examines how spine surgeons at an academic medical center used Lean principles to identify opportunities to improve quality and lower costs in the operating room. 
Spine Pain Management obtained $2 million credit facility with Wells Fargo Bank. 
George Frey, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and founder of Mighty Oak Medical, recently shared a guiding system he developed to help surgeons precisely place screws in the vertebrae, according to a Denver Post report. 
Here are seven things for spinal surgeons to know for Sept. 11, 2014.  
Virginia Mason, a nonprofit regional healthcare system in Seattle, implemented a program to offer warranties for knee and hip replacement surgeries. The program is designed to protect patients, insurance providers and employers from incurring additional costs from avoidable surgery-related complications. 
An article published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery examines the cancer risk in patients who undergo cervical spine surgery with bone morphogenetic protein to enhance fusion. 
  The Medicare pilot program for risk-sharing among orthopedic and spine surgeons is scheduled to begin January 2015. Participants are already signed up for the Medicare Bundled Payment Care Initiative, which provides surgeons with data about their costs to decide whether they want to assume the risk for bundled payments.  
A study recently published in The Spine Journal examines how three dimensional simulation can impact resident training. 
NuVasive Spine Foundation has contributed $13 million since its inception in 2009 and donated around $10.5 million worth of products. 
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