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  Here are seven recent achievements and new leadership roles for spine surgeons and neurosurgeons.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis announced it has recently received accreditation from the Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring Laboratory Accreditation Board of ABRET for a program to monitor neurosurgical patients.
A study published in Spine examines the risk factors and causes of 30-day unplanned readmissions after lumbar spine surgery.
Thomas Ellis, MD, a surgeon with Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute, performed anterior cervical discectomy and fusion on Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, according to a report form the Chron.
One of the biggest challenges for private practice spine surgeons is the growing regulatory burden placed on physicians. Increased documentation makes it difficult to operate the practice efficiently, and the additional documentation does little to improve patient care.

6. 5 Hospitals & Health Systems Expanding Spine Programs

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:09
Here are five hospitals and health systems that are investing in expanding their spine programs.
Nine spine surgeons discuss the importance of patient satisfaction and ways to raise and maintain it.
A group of researchers investigated the radiologic evidence of spontaneous spinal arthrodesis in patients with lower lumbar spondylolisthesis and published their findings in Spine.
  Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for April 17, 2014.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (N.J.) announced it has received certification from The Joint Commission for spine surgery as well as hip and knee replacement procedures, according to a NJBIZ report.
Columbus-based OhioHealth has announced plans for $91 million in improvements at OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield (Ohio) Hospital and OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby (Ohio) Hospital, which will include expanded orthopedic services such as spine services, according to a Mansfield News Journal report.
Pacira Pharmaceuticals recently introduced EXPAREL, a bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension, for postoperative pain relief. Spine surgeons across the country have been experiencing success with EXAREL for a variety of spinal procedures, reporting pain relief for up to 72 hours.
Larry Khoo, MD, director of the Spine Center of Los Angeles on the Good Samaritan Medical Center campus, will be the featured lecturer at the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Techniques.

14. Is NGO-Supported Spine Surgery Cost-Effective in Bolivia?

Written by Laura Miller | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:23
An article recently published in Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines the health and economic impact of non-governmental organization-supported neurosurgery in Bolivia.

15. 10 Key Notes on Orthopedic Surgeon Compensation in 2013

Written by Laura Miller | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:20
Orthopedic surgeons topped Medscape's 2014 Physician Compensation Report, with average annual earnings of $413,000.

16. 20 Recent Spine Surgery Studies and Findings

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 15 April 2014 14:33
  Here are 20 articles on spine surgery study findings within the last month.

17. Dr. Greg Poulter to Join OrthoIndy

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:02
Greg Poulter, MD, will soon join Indianapolis-based OrthoIndy, according to a Summit Daily report.
  Healthcare economics is an important part of providing patient care and shaping healthcare policy going forward. Here are eight ways spine surgeons can positively impact healthcare economics.
Researchers recently compared 90 female patients undergoing posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with two different methods of incision closure. Their results were published in Spine.

20. Aesculap Academy Offers Spinal Surgical Technique Course

Written by Laura Miller | Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:34
Aesculap Academy is offering a surgical skills course for neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons with a special interest in spine surgery.
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