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John Prunskis, MD, has been invited to speak at the II Congress of the Brazilian Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, SOBRAMID, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Oct. 23, 2014.
What do President and CEO of Surgical Care Affiliates Andrew Hayek, DISC Sports & Spine Center Founder Robert S. Bray Jr., MD, and Olympic athlete Lolo Jones have in common?
Laser Spine Institute's President and COO Dotty Bollinger earned the Certified Medical Practice Executive designation from the American College of Medical Practice Executives.  
A man paralyzed from the chest down has regained sensation and muscle control in his legs after regenerative cells were implanted in his back to repair the spinal cord, according to a report by The Independent.

6. Will spine payments be capped?

Written by Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:30
Healthcare employers and insurers are adopting or considering several tactics to limit payments for medical services, and since spine surgery can be a high-priced elective procedure, it could be a target going forward.
There isn't much data available today on cost-effectiveness for treating cervical degenerative disc disease, despite the many patients who undergo treatment every year.
Neurosurgeon Wade Ceola, MD, will be joining High Mountain Brain and Spinal Surgery Center at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colo., in January 2015, according to a Post Independent report.
Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Winchester added John T. Friedland, MD, to the medical team of Southern Tennessee Orthopedics and Spine Center.
Is there enough strong evidence to prove minimal access spine surgery is more cost-effective than traditional open procedures?
An article recently published in Spine examining how microscope use impacts operating room time and outcomes for spine surgery.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis is the fourth clinical trial site for InVivo Therapeutics' IDE pilot study of the neuro-spinal scaffold in patients with acute spinal cord injury.

13. Revised pediatric neurosurgical disorders guide published

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 20 October 2014 15:04
A completely revised edition of a guide to the management of pediatric neurosurgical disorders has been published by Thieme.
An article published in The Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques examines the incidence of pedicle breach after percutaneous screw fixation in the lumbar spine.

15. What makes the spine field attractive?

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Friday, 17 October 2014 15:15
  It takes a dedicated and talented physician to focus on the spine specialty. Here, two spine surgeons discuss what about the field attracted them to it.
Here are 10 spine and neurosurgeons in the news this past week.

17. 10 big orthopedic device company lawsuit updates

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:53
  With great power comes great responsibility, and more often than not, great controversy. Here are 10 lawsuits and settlements involving orthopedic and spine device companies in 2014.
East Meadow, N.Y.-based NuHealth named Elizabeth Fontana, MD, to lead the neurosurgery division at Nassau University Medical Center.
 There were several changes made in 2014 to healthcare coverage and spine surgeon pay; 2015 promises to bring even more updates.
A study published in Spine Deformity, the official journal of the Scoliosis Research Society, examines patients undergoing primary and revision vertebral column resection to compare correction rates and complications.
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