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Healthcare provider payment models are shifting from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance and risk-sharing models. By next year 30 percent of Medicare payments are expected to be through alternative payment models.  By Laura Dyrda -
Captiva Spine received FDA clearance for the SmartLOX Cervical Plate System.  By Laura Dyrda -
St. Jude Medical created MR-conditional labeling for their Penta five-column paddle lead for spinal cord stimulation therapy to manage chronic pain.  By Megan Wood -

10 common mistakes in valuing ASCs

Throughout its 15+ years of history, HealthCare Appraisers has performed hundreds of ASC valuations and has reviewed others’ valuations and fielded valuation questions from numerous parties. HAI has assembled its top ten list for commonly observed ASC Valuation Mistakes.
Many patients seek alternative treatments for treating pain without their provider's knowledge. Researchers surveyed approximately 6,000 Kaiser patients in Washington and Oregon who had three or more outpatient visits due to chronic pain, according to Portland Business Journal.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Minimally invasive spine surgeon Michael A. Gleiber, MD, FAAOS, relocated his headquarters and practice to downtown West Palm Beach, Fla.  By Megan Wood -
Misonix, an international ultrasonic surgical device company, drew a crowd of more than 70 surgeons at its BoneScalpel Hands-On Workshop during the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Technologies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  By Megan Wood -
Countless medical professionals are dropping out before their residency, some to pursue other options and others are just burnt out. Physician wellness must be a priority, according to Forbes.  By Mary Rechtoris -

ASC EHR: Transcending today's requirements

This webinar will explore EHRs in the ASC setting.  The session will highlight some of the barriers that have impacted adoption of EHRs in ASCs, requirements to "future-proof" your EHR investment, the importance of the design, key features and functions that transcend today's current needs and requirements, and suggestion to help you evaluate which EHR is best for your organization.
Smith & Nephew has acquired the trauma and orthopedics business of Russian-based manufacturing companies DeOst and DC.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Physician Group of Arizona in Phoenix announced that Mauricio A. Valdes, MD, has joined its member Phoenix-based Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, according to an East Valley Tribune report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
IlluminOss Medical appointed Clive Ridgwell vice president of sales. By Laura Dyrda -
A new article published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines the trends and developments in cervical laminoplasty over the past 10 years. By Laura Dyrda -
The spinal implant market in the United States is expected to grow over the next 10 years, according to a Q2 Metrics report. By Laura Dyrda -
The outpatient ambulatory surgery center is the next frontier for orthopedic surgery. Knee arthroscopies and ACL repairs have been done in the outpatient setting for years, and now technology is moving total joint replacements and spine surgeries into ASCs. By Laura Dyrda -
Medical professionals are using telehealth to connect with patients and enhance physician/patient relations. TouchCare is one of the companies offering telehealth services, according to mHealth Intelligence.  By Mary Rechtoris -
For years, physicians have been prescribing opioids as a way to combat pain, yet this feeds into our nation's serious, often fatal, opioid abuse problem. The number of prescription opioid abusers is spiking, and healthcare professionals are addressing this problem head-on, to avoid unnecessary casualties.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Campbell Clinic is opening a new spine center in Cordova, Tenn., according to a Memphis Daily News report. By Laura Dyrda -
Stryker acquired Turkish medical equipment company Muka Metal. By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spine examines informed consent for spinal deformity surgery patients. By Laura Dyrda -
Renowned business man and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been under fire over the past month for his comments on topics such as immigration and most recently attacking Rep. Senator John McCain's reputation as a "war hero" after he spent time in a Prisoner of War camp during the Vietnam conflict. By Laura Dyrda -
Cutting Edge Spine received FDA clearance for its EVOS system.  By Anuja Vaidya -
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