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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

11. 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.
Spine Institute Northwest's Solomon Kamson, MD, is speaking on minimally invasive spine surgery procedures at the World Congress of the World Federation of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Turkey.
  A new study published in Spine examines whether the surgical first assistant's level of training matters in scoliosis outcomes.
Here are 33 spine surgeons who perform artificial disc replacement procedures.
Patrick A. Roth, MD, chairman of neurosurgery at Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center, has been named has been included in Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Edition, a publication that highlights the professional lives of individuals who have contributed significantly to their field.
Marina del Rey, Calif.-based DISC Sports & Spine Center has established a new division — the Newport Beach Spine Group — at its Newport Beach location.

17. ISASS Participates in SGR Repeal Discussion

Written by Laura Miller | Friday, 11 April 2014 09:28
The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery participated in a conference call with the American Medical Association addressing the SGR repeal legislation.
A group of researchers recently examined 54 patients undergoing L4/5 posterior lumbar interbody fusion to identify the risk factor for adjacent segment disease and efficacy of simultaneous decompression for symptomatic ASD. The results were published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques.

19. Brain Orthopedic Spine Specialists Names Robert Still CEO

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:38
Lancaster, Pa.-based Brain Orthopedic Spine Specialists has named Robert T. Still CEO, according to a Lancaster Online report.

20. Neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Fager Dies

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:36
Charles A. Fager, MD, a pioneering neurosurgeon, died Tuesday, according to a Boston Globe report.
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