Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:07
Here are 10 recent updates from spine and orthopedic professional societies.
Written by Laura Miller | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:20
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.
Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:47
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.
Written by Laura Miller | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:31
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.
Written by Laura Miller | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:29
A prospective analysis of adverse events in patients who undergo surgery for degenerative spondylolisthesis was recently published in The Spine Journal.
Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:20
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.
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.
Written by Laura Miller | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:29
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.
Written by Laura Miller | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:25
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.
Written by Laura Miller | Monday, 21 April 2014 13:13
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.
Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 21 April 2014 11:19
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.
Written by Laura Miller | Monday, 21 April 2014 10:12
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.
Written by Laura Miller | Monday, 21 April 2014 09:56
A Level 2 study recently published in Spine examines whether bone marrow concentrate with allograft is equivalent to autograft in lumbar fusions.
Written by Anuja Vaidya | Friday, 18 April 2014 13:25
Here are seven recent achievements and new leadership roles for spine surgeons and neurosurgeons.
Written by Anuja Vaidya | Friday, 18 April 2014 13:00
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.
Written by Laura Miller | Friday, 18 April 2014 09:58
A study published in Spine examines the risk factors and causes of 30-day unplanned readmissions after lumbar spine surgery.
Written by Laura Miller | Friday, 18 April 2014 09:56
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.
Written by Laura Miller | Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:59
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.