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Here are 16 orthopedic surgeons who were promoted or received industry honors within the last month.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Smith & Nephew reported slight revenue growth in the fourth quarter and full year of 2015. By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spine examines how age affects cervical spondylotic myelopathy treatment. By Laura Dyrda -

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Healthcare providers around the country are moving toward population health to meet the triple aim — better quality care, patient satisfaction and lower costs. But without a mandate, progress is slow, according to a Medcity report.  By Laura Dyrda -
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Feb. 4, 2016.  By Megan Wood -
Residents working extended shifts without breaks did not negatively impact patient outcomes, based on a new study from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, according to The Washington Post.  By Megan Wood -
There were 121 new accountable care organizations formed last year as part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, but only 22 percent were able to cut spending and share in the savings, according to a HealthPayer Intelligence report. By Laura Dyrda -

How evidence-based medicine drives decision-making in healthcare

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A new study published in The Spine Journal examines whether there are fewer complications in surgery with magnetic growing rods than conventional growing rods. By Laura Dyrda -
The Zika virus is the most recent mosquito-transmitted infection that poses serious risks to people throughout the Americas, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  By Mary Rechtoris -
The global cervical artificial discs market is expected to reach over $1.08 billion by 2020, according to a report by Technavio.  By Anuja Vaidya -
The last 10 years have seen an immense growth in outpatient spine. This article briefly discusses some of the challenges, thoughts and observations on this growth.  The growth has been driven by several top line factors including (1) surgeons becoming much more comfortable with outpatient spine including younger surgeons initially training up with outpatient spine; (2) patients becoming less scared of outpatient spine surgery and more concerned regarding hospital based infections; and (3) payers becoming more willing to allow spine cases to move from hospitals to ASCs.  There remains pushback from payers as to the amount of spine surgeries in total and from hospitals as to the movement of surgeries out of hospitals.  By Scott Becker and Megan Wood -
The three rules of real estate are: location, location, and location. Apparently Google believes this as well. Google is now penalizing you, or rewarding you, based on your practice address. Google My Business maps (known as the Three-Pack) are now at the top of localized Google search results and one that can knock you out of the results for your service line.  By Dick Pepper, a medical marketing specialist who blogs at VoxMD.com -
BioSpine Institute in Tampa, Fla., is growing its minimally invasive spine surgery practice.  By Laura Dyrda -
TranS1 named Chris Groppa as chief marketing officer and director of reimbursement.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Physicians Mom Group declared Feb. 3 as National Women Physicians Day in honor of Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, according to The Huffington Post.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Physician assistants earned a median salary of $95,000 and a mean salary of $98,387 in 2014, according to a PA statistical profile from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, which provides the most recent salary information for PAs.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Bone Therapeutics has extended its collaboration with Kasios, a synthetic bone substitute specialist.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Moody's Investors Service has placed Stryker's A3 unsecured note ratings on review for downgrade, on the heels of the news that Stryker plans to acquire Sage Products for approximately $2.7 billion.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Over past decade, the orthopedic job market has changed in a number of ways, according to an AAOS Annual Meeting poster presentation.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Marietta, Ga.-based Amendia developed the OmegaLIF expandable lumbar interbody device for intervertebral body spinal fusion procedures.  By Megan Wood -
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