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  Seven spine surgeons talk about the best professional advice they have received during the course of their careers.  
North American Spine has added the Crescent Medical Center in Lancaster, Texas to its list of partner facilities.
Barrington (Ill.) Pain and Spine Institute's certificate of need to include spine surgery in its offerings was approved by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Four spine surgeons discuss the biggest challenges facing the surgeons today.
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6. 10 Updates From Professional Spine, Orthopedic Societies

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:07
Here are 10 recent updates from spine and orthopedic professional societies.
Earlier this year, the American Medical Association's CPT Editorial Panel announced it will make a few significant changes for spinal procedure coding in 2015.
  There is evidence of the short-term efficacy of opioids to treat chronic low back pain, however, the effectiveness and safety of long-term opioid therapy for the same condition remains unproven, according to a study published in Spine.
A team of researchers recently examined ICD-9-CM discharge codes in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample to compare hospital medical coder-assigned codes to the surgeon diagnosis, according to a Newswise report.
A prospective analysis of adverse events in patients who undergo surgery for degenerative spondylolisthesis was recently published in The Spine Journal.
Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Ala., has unveiled a new device that will be used to navigate spine surgery, the first of its kind in the state, according to an ABC 32 WNCF TV report.

12. NASS Defends Choosing Wisely Campaign

Written by Laura Miller | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:31
The North American Spine Society participates in the Advancing Medical Professionalism to Improve Health Care Foundation's "Choosing Wisely" campaign, which was recently criticized in a Kaiser Health News report.
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery recently included a report on complications in patients who underwent cervical spine surgery with recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein.
The Pain Management Center of Long Island, a division of North American Partners in Pain Management, plans to open a new office in Long Island, N.Y., next week.
The spine care field grew immensely over the past few decades and now there are multiple treatment options for patients with back pain and deformity. The treatment patients receive often depends on which specialists they see and the specialist's education and preferences; there isn't yet one standard of care.

16. Dr. Harold Pikus Joins New London Hospital

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 21 April 2014 11:21
New London (N.H.) Hospital announced that Harold Pikus, MD, of Lebanon, N.H.-based Upper Valley Neurology Neurosurgery, will begin seeing patients at the hospital in June.
University of New Mexico's Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho has expanded its spinal surgery options with the addition of an endoscopic spine surgery program, according to an Albuquerque Journal report.
Alexa Canady, MD, the first female African American neurosurgeon in the United States, will deliver the commencement address at Roosevelt University in Chicago, according to a report from eNews Park Forest.
A Level 2 study recently published in Spine examines whether bone marrow concentrate with allograft is equivalent to autograft in lumbar fusions.
  Here are seven recent achievements and new leadership roles for spine surgeons and neurosurgeons.
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