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MiMedx has received 12 new patents year-to-date in 2015 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  By Anuja Vaidya -
CMS is seeking comments on an ICD-9-CM code list for hip fracture diagnoses, according to an AHA News Now report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Here are six notes about orthopedic surgeons practicing in the United States, according to the 2014 Orthopaedic Surgeon Census by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Hidden opportunity to significantly increase profits

As providers survey the landscape today, there aren't many opportunities to improve profitability. You have little control over the rates in your managed care contracts, and no control over Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates. 
Neurosurgeon Cynthia Zane Africk, MD, joined FirstHealth Neurosurgery, according to a Daily Health report. By Laura Dyrda -
A new report from MarketsandMarkets shows the spinal biologics market is expected to grow over the next five years. By Laura Dyrda -
Treating back pain and other spinal conditions can cost more than $200 billion annually in the United States, with $90 billion in direct costs. There are several factors contributing to the ever-increasing cost of care, including hospital costs, device costs, pharmaceuticals and post-surgical care. By Laura Dyrda -
Sacral insufficiency fractures are an often under diagnosed condition in the elderly population, typically presenting with severe low back pain resulting in immobility. The diagnosis can be complicated by the fact that radiographic assessment of the sacrum is difficult and lower spine (lumbar) imaging is frequently not specifically targeted at the sacrum. Sacral vertebroplasty, a procedural extension of percutaneous vertebroplasty, involves the injection of bone cement into the sacrum with the aim of alleviating pain and facilitating more rapid mobilization than conservative therapy alone allows. By Laura Dyrda -

Integrating new expandable technologies into practice

Surgery and the technologies used to perform them are rapidly evolving to include expandable devices. These new expandable devices deliver the benefits of a minimal approach with a maximum footprint for restoration in both vertebral augmentation and spinal fusion procedures.
The American Medical Association changed the language in the Category I CPT codes for vertebroplasty effective January 1, 2015. The update added sacral and cervical to the applicable vertebroplasty code descriptors and included changes to the code numbers and bundled imaging, moderate sedation and the use of bone biopsy for the procedures. By Laura Dyrda -
The American College of Physicians published a new guideline advising physicians to prescribe generic medications when possible, as opposed to their brand name counterparts, according to KMBZ.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Robert Watkins III, MD, performed spine surgery on desert golfer and Ladies Professional Golf Association winner Nicole Castrale, according to a report by The Desert Sun.  By Anuja Vaidya -
A new study examines the surgical implant survivorship of minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion, published in Dove Press.  By Laura Dyrda -
Ellipse Technologies filed for an initial public offering, according to a Health Point Capital report. By Laura Dyrda -
The medical device industry has a $2.6 billion impact on the Memphis economy, according to a report from The Daily News. By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in The Spine Journal examines patients who contracted postoperative pneumonia after anterior cervical decompression and fusion. By Laura Dyrda -
Medacta is an international spine and orthopedic device company with a unique perspective on healthcare trends across the world. By Laura Dyrda -
Here are eight devices that were recently launched or released.  By Anuja Vaidya -
The European Commission granted Novartis International approval for Cosentyx, which treats people with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, according to MarketWatch.   By Megan Wood -
Alexander Jaworski, PhD, a neuroscience assistant professor at Brown University in Providence, R.I., studied how neurons connect across the spinal cord, according to Health Canal.  By Megan Wood -
A new study published in Spine examines prescription opioid use after lumbar fusion for workers compensation patients. By Laura Dyrda -
Mobelife will collaborate with Exactech Australia to bring the company's custom orthopedic implants to the Australian market. By Laura Dyrda -
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