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VertiFlex, a San Clemente, Calif.-based medical device company, has received approval from the AMA CPT Editorial Panel to add Category I CPT codes to describe one and two level insertion of interspinous spacers.  By Megan Wood -
Amedica has submitted 24-month clinical outcomes data from its CASCADE study to the FDA.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Medovex entered into an advisory board member consulting agreement with spine surgeon Vik Kapoor, MBBS, from the United Kingdom.  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. 
DJO Global reported a 1.8 percent decrease in third quarter net sales.  By Laura Dyrda -
The Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery awarded Neel Anand, MD, clinical professor of surgery and director of spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai Spine in Los Angeles, a the "Global Forum Best Paper Award."  By Laura Dyrda -
TranS1's AxiaLIF procedures could save the healthcare system thousands per procedure, according to a new economic analysis. By Laura Dyrda -
The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Intellijoint Surgical a key patent related to its core technology in miniature 3D surgical measurement.  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.
A new study published in Spine examines the geographic variation in the early MRI for acute work-related low back pain. By Laura Dyrda -
Orthofix reported a net sales increase for the third quarter of 2015. By Laura Dyrda -
Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial HealthCare is building a $250 million surgical center, according to Tallahassee Democrat.  By Megan Wood -
Most physician practices are planning to cut front-desk staff in the coming year, according to the Medscape's Clinical and Office Staff Salary Report 2015.  By Anuja Vaidya -
The FDA has cleared SI-BONE's iFuse Implant System to include the following in its indication statement — "clinical studies have demonstrated that treatment with the iFuse Implant System improved pain, patient function and quality of life at 12 months post-implantation."    By Anuja Vaidya -
Medtech received Frost & Sullivan's Excellence in Best Practices award.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Orthofix insider Jeffrey Schumm sold 15,000 shares of the company in a recent transaction, according to a Financial Magazin report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Dallas-based Children's Health started construction on the Children's Health Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, which is being built in collaboration with James Andrews, MD, according to a Dallas Business Journal report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
With the promising potential of improving outcomes, new technologies weave into the healthcare industry. But as costs continue to rise, healthcare professionals may want to consider if the amount of improvement resulting from new technology outweighs the associated pitfalls.  By Megan Wood -
SmartCEO Magazine named Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA, CEO of the Year in Philadelphia.  By Laura Dyrda -
A study published in Spine examines the readmission rates as a quality of care measure and predictor of readmission within 30 days after spine surgery. By Laura Dyrda -
Invibio completed biocompatibility testing in China, paving the way for China Food and Drug Administration approval and local legal compliance for the company's PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced spinal fusion implants. By Laura Dyrda -
Here are 15 spine surgeons who recently received awards or promotions.  By Megan Wood -
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