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1. SD gives NPs full practice authority: 5 notes

Written by Megan Wood | Friday, 24 February 2017 21:29
South Dakota represents the 22nd state to pass a law giving nurse practitioners full practice authority.
Tyler-based Texas Spine and Joint Hospital selected San Jose, Calif.-based Sphere 3D Corp.'s HVE technology.
Washington, Ind.-based Daviess Community Hospital will open its new orthopedic center on Feb. 24, 2017, according to Inside Indiana Business.
JoAnn Reis, CEO of Florence, Ky.-based Commonwealth Orthopaedic Center, has been named a finalist for the 2017 Health Care Hero award, according to a Cincinnati Business Courier report.  
Arkansas lawmakers are considering a "Healthcare Freedom of Conscience" bill that would protect healthcare workers from breaking their "religious and moral beliefs" to treat patients, according to an Arkansas Matters report.
The global healthcare information systems market will likely reach $44.8 billion by 2024, based on a Transparency Market Research report, according to medGadget.
Consumers will now be able to identify which surgeons are among the best and worst for patient outcomes, thanks to a Nonprofit Consumers' Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services analysis.
Vail Valley Medical Center and The Steadman Clinic, both located in Vail, Colo., completed an expansion project, according to VailDaily.
Tyler, Texas-based Texas Spine and Joint Hospital selected Sphere 3D Corp.'s HVE technology to handle its IT issues within the facility's own data centers.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Charlotte, N.C.-based Novant Health Inc. and Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist have filed certificates to expand their hospitals to Clemmons, N.C., and Bermuda Run, N.C., respectively.
Physicians are turning smokers away with increasing regularity, according to The Charlotte Observer.

12. OrthoCarolina physicians lead OpWalk mission to Cuba

Written by Adam Schrag | Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:48
In 2016, award-winning orthopedic surgeons, Bryan Springer, MD, and Walter Beaver, MD, of Charlotte, N.C.-based OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center launched Operation Walk Carolinas, an organization that sends surgeons to developing countries to perform joint replacements.

13. Concierge vs. conventional practices: 8 key trends

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:30
Kareo and the American Association of Private Physicians conducted a survey to examine alternative payment and practice models for independent physicians.
Patients view full access to their medical records as critical to receiving high-quality care, based on a Transcend Insights survey.

15. Dr. Lisa Foster joins Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center: 5 points

Written by Megan Wood | Wednesday, 22 February 2017 20:28
Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center added Lisa Foster, MD, to the Johns Creek, Ga. location, according to Johns Creek Patch.
Americans' life expectancy may jump to more than 80 years old by 2030, an England-based Imperial College London's School of Public Health study found, according to U.S. News & World Report.

17. Meridian Medical Management to assist The Polyclinic: 4 takeaways

Written by Adam Schrag | Wednesday, 22 February 2017 19:14
Windsor, Conn.-based Meridian Medical Management announced that it will provide revenue cycle management and healthcare analytics services to The Polyclinic in Seattle.
The direct anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty is gaining popularity, with some surgeons finding it decreases postoperative pain and quickens recovery due to muscle sparing and fewer dislocations.
A new study published in JAMA examines physician rating websites.

20. Dr. Brian Bear named Top Doc

Written by Adam Schrag | Tuesday, 21 February 2017 20:10
Brian Bear, MD, of Rockford-based OrthoIllinois was included on Castle Connolly's Top Doctors list, according to the Rockford Register Star.
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