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Medicare currently doesn't reimburse for spine surgery in ambulatory surgery centers, despite evidence appropriately-selected patients can have good outcomes. Three spine surgeons discuss if Medicare will begin reimbursing spine surgeries at ASCs and why it should.  
SpineGuard reported a 6 percent decrease in generated revenue for the first half of 2014 over the same period last year. 
A new study of pedicle screw placement with Mazor Robotics' robotic guidance system reported improved accuracy and reduced exposure to radiation for surgeons. 
A study published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques examined the risk factors for radiographic L5-S1 disc height reduction after lumbar posterolateral floating fusion surgery. 
  Here are seven things for spinal surgeons to know for July 17, 2014.  
Here are 12 statistics from the VMG Health 2012 Intellimarker ASC Benchmarking Study about revenue per case and case volume at orthopedics-driven surgery centers. 
  Johnson & Johnson announced second quarter 2014 financial results, including orthopedic sales from DePuy Synthes.  
  Here are 10 important updates from professional spine and orthopedic societies in the last two months:  
St. Jude Medical acquired NeuroTherm for $200 million in a transaction announced Monday. 
Duke University Hospital neurosurgeon Oren Gottfried was recently featured in the News Observer for his work as a medical advisor for television shows. 
An article published in Spine compares the cervical sagittal balance of two adolescent idiopathic scoliosis correction constructs — pedicle screws and hybrid instrumentation using hooks and pedicle screws. 
A new study conducted by surgeons from Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego shows the Misonix BoneScalpel could reduce blood loss during adolescent idiopathic scoliosis correction surgery. 
 Becker's Healthcare is recognizing the following spine surgeons for their leadership, experience and entrepreneurship in the field.  
Here are 10 big transactions in the orthopedic and spine device market so far in 2014. 
GlobalData released an analysis of the orthopedic power tools market. 
Hospital for Special Surgery's Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD, announced plans to move his practice to Ghana — his native country — full time, according to an AAOS Now report. 
A study recently published in Spine examined whether obesity is associated with reduced disc height in the lumbar spine. 
Atlanta-based Resurgens Orthopaedics turned 15 on July 1. 
NuVasive Executive Vice President Russell Powers sold 3,200 company shares last Thursday, according to a WKRB News & Analysis report.  
Smith & Nephew appointed new auditors for the year ending Dec. 31, 2015, ending a 77 year relationship with previous auditors Ernst & Young. 
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