The American College of Sports Medicine released its 2017 American Fitness Index detailing the 2017 health and community fitness status of the U.S. largest metropolitan areas.

Here are seven key stories on outpatient spine trends and news.

A survey of approximately 150 NFL players examined chemical painkiller use throughout the league, Alternet reports.

Life Spine announced a full commercial launch of its PROLIFT lordotic expandable interbody solution.

Xtant Medical entered into a licensing agreement with Sites Medical.

New York City-based NYU Langone Medical Center installed its third EOS system.

Intralink-Spine reports positive data from a safety and feasibility study on its Réjuve System for low back pain.

United Kingdom-based Invibio Biomaterial Solutions and China-based Double Medical Technology hosted an interbody spine surgery workshop, at the 10th Annual Congress of the Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

The introduction of new products leveraging platelet rich plasma and stem cell technology is driving the global orthobiologics market's growth.

The industry will continue pushing healthcare leaders to lower costs, and many providers are unaware of the significant savings they can accrue by fine-tuning their revenue cycle management process. Johnson City, Tenn.-based Watauga Orthopaedics, an independent orthopedic practice, previously devoted a large chunk of manpower and resources to connecting with patients prior to appointments and locating the best contact person for payers to collect on claims. These practices drained the practice of money as well as viable staff members.

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