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A new study published in Spine examines multilevel posterior cervical decompression and fusion, posing the question of whether it's necessary to extend the multilevel procedures to the upper thoracic spine. By Laura Dyrda -
Here are 11 key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies over the past week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Amazing Charts, a West Warwick, R.I.-based developer of EHRs and practice management systems, offered five health IT predictions for 2017.  By Megan Wood -

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David Pillsbury left his role as Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute's CEO on Nov. 30, 2016, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.  By Megan Wood -
Business Journal named Anthony Gioia a 2016 CFO of the Year, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal. Business Journal has honored high-performing financial executives for the past decade.  By Megan Wood -
Ten spine surgeons weigh in on experimental therapies and how they handle discussions with patients who want to try some of these therapies.  By Anuja Vaidya -
At least three physician groups in Minnesota, including Midwest Spine & Brain Institute, have received a letter from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota notifying them they'd been dropped from the Blue Cross network. The letter was unsigned and didn't give a reason for terminating the contract.  By Staff -

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A higher percentage of physicians feel it's acceptable to hide a clinical mistake today than they did even two years ago, according to a Medscape report. By Laura Dyrda -
Robert Watkins, MD, a Marina del Rey, Calif.-based spine surgeon, performed spine surgeon on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, according to a Providence Journal report. By Laura Dyrda -
Here are four spine and neurosurgeons in the headlines for the week ending on Dec. 2, 2016.  By Eric Oliver -
Each year, spine specialists contribute patient education content to www.Spine-health.com, which is read by more than 200 million of patients struggling with neck and back conditions. This sizable audience is proof of the positive impact that physicians can have when patient education is done right. By Laura Dyrda -
The global medtech market is anticipated to hit $529.8 billion by 2022 and grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.2 percent between 2016 and 2022, according to the "EvaluateMedTech World Preview 2016, Outlook to 2022." The market's research and development expenditure is expected to grow by 4.3 percent per annum to 2022, hitting $34 billion.   By Megan Wood -
Mighty Oak Medical, an Englewood, Colo.-based biotechnology company, has received its second FDA clearance for its Firefly pedicle screw navigation guide service.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
Englewood, N.J.-based The Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders surgeons performed a Mazor Robotic Renaissance System kyphoplasty on a patient experiencing pain from a T12 fracture.  By Megan Wood -
Medscape surveyed more than 7,500 physicians from more than 25 specialties on a range of ethical situations, with findings revealed in the "Medscape Ethics Report 2016: Money, Romance, and Patients."  By Megan Wood -
Phoenix-based OrthoArizona added a North Phoenix and Chandler office to its portfolio.  By Eric Oliver -
Jim Doty, MD, a Stanford (Calif.) Medicine neurosurgeon, urges people to demonstrate kindness and compassion in their lives, according to Stanford Medicine.  By Megan Wood -
Orthopedic surgeon Nikhil Verma, MD, and his colleagues at Chicago's Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush are offering international patients a fixed price for knee and shoulder surgery.  By Eric Oliver -
UnitedHealth Group will participate in bundled payments for spine surgeries as well as hip and knee replacements in 2017, according to Forbes.  By Megan Wood -
The American College of Sports Medicine named its top 10 trends for fitness in 2017.  By Eric Oliver -
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