1. 10 spine surgeons making headlines this week — Aug. 22

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 22 August 2014 11:12
Here are 10 spine surgeons and specialists in the news this week.
Priority Health (Michigan) updated its Lumbar Fusion Medical Policy to cover for SI-BONE's minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion procedure.

3. Dr. Chibuikem Akammonu joins FLH Medical

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 22 August 2014 11:06
Orthopedic spine surgeon Chibuikem Akamnonu, MD, joined FLH Medical, P.C. Orthopedic Surgery in Geneva, N.Y., according to a Finger Lakes Times report.
Michigan Head and Spine Institute in Southfield agreed to participate in DMH International's beta launch of Virtual Physician's Network Mobile App Technology.
  A study recently published in Spine examined the complications and mortality rate for cervical spine surgery patients and compared the rates between different racial groups.
An article published in The Spine Journal examines polyurethane materials use in spine surgery.
Three spine surgeons discuss strategies they have implemented to reduce costs at their medical practices.

8. 25 things for spine surgeons to know about the Sunshine Act

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:12
The Sunshine Act passed last year, requiring medical device companies to disclose compensation or gifts given to surgeons valued at more than $10, with few exceptions. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services collected data from device companies and expected to publish interactions on the CMS website starting September 2014, but everything didn't go as planned.
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Aug. 21, 2014.
A recent article from MedPage Today examines physician spouses, featuring pediatric neurosurgeon David Sandberg, MD, and his wife, Amy Schefler, MD, who is a pediatric ocular oncologist.
Michael Vitale, MD, chief of pediatric spine and scoliosis service at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York performed the first procedure in the area using the MAGnetic Expansion Control device, according to an NY Daily News report.

12. 5 findings on in-hospital complications, sacral fractures

Written by Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:55
A study published in Spine examines the number of sacral fractures and in-hospital complication instances for patients undergoing spine surgery.

13. Orthopaedic & Spine Center opens new pain management center

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:10
Newport News, Va.-based Orthopaedic & Spine Center opened its new pain management center in Newport News, according to a News Medical report.

14. 5 recent spine surgeon achievements

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:08
  Here are five recent spine surgeon and neurosurgeon achievements and honors.
  Michael D. Daubs, MD, was appointed chairman of the University of Nevada's orthopedic residency program, according to an AAOS Now report.
Neurosurgeon Tien V. Le, MD, joined Tampa Bay Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists in Brandon, Fla.
An article published in Spine examines functional activity for patients after posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

18. 7 hospitals expanding spine, neurosurgery programs

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:03
Here are seven hospitals and health systems opening new spine or neurosurgery centers or expanding existing services.
The Affordable Care Act expanded coverage to millions in attempt to improve the quality of care in the United States. Like many healthcare professionals, surgeons are trying to find a way to navigate through the new legislation.
A study published in Spine examines wound complication rate and risk factors for adolescent patients undergoing spinal arthrodesis.
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