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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. 
Mazor Robotics announced that the China Food and Drug Administration approved its Renaissance surgical guidance system.  
 Titan Spine now offers a warranty for its Endoskeleton line of spinal interbody fusion devices for a one-time free replacement.  
Scott Blumenthal, MD, was featured in a Plano Star Courier report describing a successful artificial disc replacement procedure he performed for a Vietnam Veteran. 
The United States filed two complaints under the False Claims Act related to physician-owned distributorships. 
An article published in Spine examines how diabetes impacts spine surgery outcomes. 
 The Food and Drug Administration granted 39 orthopedic- and spine-related device clearances in August.  
Top Medtronic executives will see millions of dollars after agreeing to move their company headquarters overseas in what has become known as a "tax inversion" strategy, according to a Wall Street Journal report. 
Brad M. Picha, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon, became partner at Youngstown (Ohio) Orthopedic Associates, according to a Vindy report. 
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