Xavier A. Duralde, MD, of Atlanta-based Piedmont Hospital performed surgery on Atlanta Hawks Forward Gustavo Ayon. He was accompanied by the Hawks' team physician, Michael Bernot MD, of Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic

DoctorThe Food and Drug Administration granted 31 spine- and orthopedic-related medical device clearances in July.

Joseph JacksonThis article is written by Joseph A. Jackson of Strategic Health Services. SHS is also providing a webinar "10 Mistakes Hospitals Must Avoid When Managing Implant Costs." For more information about the webinar, click here.

The American College of Surgeons recently responded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule which identifies criteria for inpatient admissions.

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The newest issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine contains two studies evaluating the safety and effectiveness of Medtronic's recombinant human bone morphogenic protein, Infuse, in spinal fusion surgery.
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medical toolsThe Food and Drug Administration granted 40 orthopedic- and spine-related clearances in May.
SurgeonThe Food and Drug Administration granted 15 spine-related medical device clearances in May.
Richard Kube, MD, and Brian Gill, MD, discuss how their spine practices are affected by reimbursement issues.
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DoctorRecently, the Medicare chargemaster data has been made publicly available for how much hospitals bill Medicare for top procedures. Rates varied widely and as media sources scramble to cover these variations, a new push toward price transparency is gaining momentum. The big question is: will price transparency for individual physicians be next?
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William C. Watters III, MD, is the first vice president of the board of directors of the North American Spine Society, where he has been a member since 1987. He practices spine surgery at The Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch, both in Houston.
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