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Tampa, Fla.-based Laser Spine Institute added neurosurgeon R.J. Meagher, MD, to its Philadelphia facility.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, Calif., celebrated its 5th anniversary on Nov. 10.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Denver orthopedic surgeon, Wayne Gersoff, MD, performed Ivy Sports Medicine's first Collagen Meniscus Implant in the United States.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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. 
Spinal Deformity magazine included a paper by spine surgeon Fred Sweet, MD, of Rockford (Ill.) Spine Center, in its 50th Anniversary edition.  By Megan Wood -
Researchers at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, contested the theory that recombinant human bone morphogenetic used in spinal fusion surgeries increases patients' risk of cancer.  By Megan Wood -
Here are 10 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons in the news this past week.  By Megan Wood -
Here two spine surgeons weigh in how an electronic health record has proved useful for their practice.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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.
"Digital interaction with patients via smart devices and wearables brings a new level of productivity," says Paula Skokowski, a security expert at Accellion, a private cloud solutions company centered on secure file sharing and collaboration. "There is also a new level of concern for HIPAA compliance and safeguarding digital health records."  By Mary Rechtoris -
Orthozon signed a distribution agreement appointing GM Medical Pacific the exclusive distributor of its LUMIERE Minimally Invasive Access System in the Asia-Pacific region.  By Anuja Vaidya -
In a landscape of value-based purchasing, do navigation and robotics pose economically-sound options?  By Megan Wood -
Geisinger Medical Center will now provide refunds for patients who aren't satisfied with their care, according to the US News & World Report.  By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spine examines the rationale for surgically treating lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis. By Laura Dyrda -
Xtant Medical reported a revenue increase during the third quarter of 2015. By Laura Dyrda -
Hoag Orthopedic Institute, a physician-owned joint venture orthopedic specialty hospital, has been at the forefront of transparency in healthcare for several years and a model for other healthcare institutions according to an article Ezekiel Emmanuel, MD, penned for Fortune Magazine. By Laura Dyrda -
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Nov. 12, 2015.  By Megan Wood -
Propublica released data earlier this year describing surgery rates and complications. With the data's release, many medical providers, including members of North American Spine Society, are discussing how the public has tremendous information about care and practices, and how more data will be available in the future for both the public and payers.  By Mary Rechtoris -
The Food and Drug Administration granted 18 spine-related clearances in October. By Laura Dyrda -
The D-dimer levels in patients with acute traumatic cervical spinal cord injuries may reveal their chances of getting deep vein thrombosis, based on a study led by Muneaki Masuda, MD, of the Japan Labour Health and Welfare Organization Spinal Injuries Center in Iizuka, according to Neurology Advisor.  By Megan Wood -
Atlanta-based OrthoAtlanta welcomed Kevin U. Park, MD, to its team of spine surgeons, according to The Citizen.  By Megan Wood -
Declining reimbursements is the main reason a majority of physician practices are planning to make staff cuts in the coming year, according to Medscape's Staff Salary Report 2015.  By Anuja Vaidya -
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