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The evolving healthcare landscape allows surgeons to perform more total joint procedures in the outpatient setting. With this shift, medical providers must be prepared to handle the transition while maintaining organizational efficiency, quality, supply chain delivery and implant acquisition.  By Megan Wood -
Massachusetts primary care physicians ask patients about their mental states half of the time, based on a Massachusetts Health Quality Partners survey, according to The Boston Globe.  By Megan Wood -
Pharmaceutical companies have advertised products directly to consumers for years, both over-the-counter medication for common conditions such as colds, pain or acid reflux, and prescription medication instructing consumers to ask their physicians whether the drug is "right for them."  By Laura Dyrda -

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Wearable technology is making a dent in healthcare, for both patients and physicians. By Laura Dyrda -
Thirty-day readmissions are an indicator of quality in several medical fields, including spine, and a new article in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines the factors associated with 30-day readmission rate after spine surgery. By Laura Dyrda -
Many physicians enter medical school brimming with confidence, but leave with a very low self-esteem, according to an article on Medscape.  By Allison Sobczak -
Electronic medical record implementation has given healthcare providers tools to track and share patient data. But successful orthopedic surgeons are going beyond the EMR to provide better patient experience and leverage data gathering opportunities. By Laura Dyrda -

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The medical community is divided on whether patients need to see their physicians every year for an annual checkup, according to USA Today.  By Mary Rechtoris -
The global orthopedic devices market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.57 percent from 2016 to 2020, according to a Research and Market report.  By Megan Wood -
Aetna plans to stay in the public health exchange market in 2016, according to Medscape.  By Megan Wood -
Neurosurgeon Juan Ronderos, MD, joined Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.  By Megan Wood -
Amedica stock rose by 76.22 percent in the past week, according to a Wall Street Prudent report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
The American Joint Replacement Registry added two new members to its 2016 board of directors.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Stryker acquired Sage Products from Madison Dearborn Partners for $2.7 billion.  By Allison Sobczak -
Smith & Nephew CEO Olivier Bohuon was diagnosed with cancer. By Laura Dyrda -
Zimmer Biomet net sales were up for the 2015 full year. By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spine examines how adult spinal deformity compares with other chronic diseases in the United States.  By Laura Dyrda -
The Carilion Clinic opened a $32 million Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences. By Laura Dyrda -
The Spine Foundation is planning an event in February to raise money for United States veterans. By Laura Dyrda -
A new article published in The Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines minimally invasive tubular microdiscectomy for recurrent lumbar disc herniation. By Laura Dyrda -
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