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Here are 13 spine surgeons who were in the news this week:  By Adam Schrag -
The American Medical Association praised Aetna for its efforts to eliminate prior authorization for opioids treatment beginning March 1, 2017.  By Megan Wood -
Malden, Mass.-based AxioMed reported positive results for the first patient undergoing a viscoelastic four-level cervical procedure.  By Megan Wood -

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Norwood, Ohio-based Mayfield Brain & Spine cut formal affiliation ties with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and UC Health, according to a Cincinnati Business Courier report.  By Megan Wood -
David Altchek, MD, performed arthroscopic surgery on Cleveland Cavaliers player Kevin Love's knee after he sustained an injury during a game on Saturday, according to The LA Times.  By Adam Schrag -
Caesarea, Israel-based Mazor Robotics released its financial results for fourth quarter and full year, ended Dec. 31, 2016.  By Megan Wood -
Marc J. Philippon, MD, has performed his second hip surgery in the past five weeks on Broncos center, Matt Paradis, according to the Times-Call.  By Adam Schrag -

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The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County board approved a $9 million, 11-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive for San Diego-based NuVasive to create new jobs in the area, The Commercial Appeal reports.  By Megan Wood -
Vertebral Technologies moved its headquarters from Minnetonka, Minn., to Minneapolis.  By Megan Wood -
Rockingham Orthopaedic Associates merged with Reidsville Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, according to Rockingham Now. Both practices are located in Reidsville, N.C.  By Megan Wood -
Six spine surgeons share the financial challenges they are facing.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Zimmer and Biomet were two medical device giants operating in the same small Indiana town until their 2015 merger. Today, Zimmer Biomet is one of the largest medical device companies in the world.  By Adam Schrag -
James Andrews, MD, treated Sean Rodriguez's shoulder injury after the Braves infielder injured it in January, according to The Spokesman-Review.  By Adam Schrag -
Juliet DeCampos, MD, of Gulf Breeze, Fla.-based Andrews Institute will join the Cincinnati Reds for spring training for the sixth time.  By Adam Schrag -
A study by Chicago-based Loyola University Health System researchers has found that spinal cord patients are plagued by many different types of ailments after injury.    By Adam Schrag -
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Feb. 16, 2017.  By Megan Wood -
A study presented at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Global Forum in 2014 examined how C-arm positioning affects radiation exposure. By Laura Dyrda -
Over the next decade, physician services payments are expected to have slower growth as focus shifts to lowering the cost of care, according to a Medscape report.  By Laura Dyrda -
Concord (N.H.) Orthopaedics asked the city council to rezone a residential neighborhood for expansion purposes, according to Concord Monitor.  By Megan Wood -
Silverback Therapeutics, a startup headed by Peter Thompson, MD, has raised $10 million in venture funding, GeekWire reports.  By Megan Wood -
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