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A new report from Research and Markets shows the United States spinal fusion market share will shrink over the next few years. 
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for June 19, 2014.  
Here are five important updates from professional spine societies in the last month:  
Spine surgeons are paying closer attention to the patient experience at their practice as patients play a bigger role in choosing their specialist. Even baby boomers are going online today to educate themselves about their medical conditions and looking for the best specialist to fulfill their needs. 
Spine device company LDR Executive Vice President, CFO Robert McNamara sold 40,000 shares of LDR stock on Monday, according to a WatchListNews report. 
A new study in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines the effectiveness of extreme lateral interbody fusion. 
Benvenue Medical has its eye on the minimally invasive spine device market, and the company recently completed a round of financing for future growth in that space. 
As today’s healthcare environment grows more challenging for spine surgeons, those who are leaders in the field continue to innovate and stay ahead of the curve for successful private practice. 
Nearly a year after the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas made coverage changes to their spinal fusion policy, the local news source KAKE.com reports patients are having a harder time accessing spine surgery. 
The United States market for orthopedic trauma is expected to reach $8 billion by 2020, according to a new iData Research report. 
Here are six hospitals and health systems that are investing in expanding their spine programs.  
A group of spine surgeon researchers examined the Hospital for Special Surgery Cervical Spine Surgery Expectations Survey to see how patient expectations impact recovery and outcomes after cervical spine surgery. The findings were published in an issue of Spine. 
There have been several changes for spine and pain management professionals over the past few years, and leaders in the field are at the forefront of advocating for change. 
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.  
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