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Continental Who's Who recognized neurosurgeon and minimally invasive spine surgeon Kamal Woods, MD, among fellow Pinnacle Professionals in healthcare.

2. 5 key notes on spinal fusion cost variation

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:47
A new study published in Spine examines the cost variation within spinal fusion payment groups.
Oran Aaronson, MD, will join Nashville, Tenn.-based Saint Thomas Medical Partners, according to WGNS Radio.
A new study published in Spine examines the medical complications after adult spinal deformity surgery.
The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery released new coverage criteria for decompression with interlaminar stabilization.
Here are four spine and neurosurgeons making headlines this week.
On November 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Payment System final rule. The policy changes contained in the rule signal that the reimbursement environment for spine surgery is continuing to evolve, and this shift is not confined to Medicare. Commercial payors are fully expected to react to the CMS rule with updates of their own. What does this mean for ASC owners and operators? All ASC stakeholders must familiarize themselves with the rule changes and assess the impact on their practices and care patterns. In the case where providers determine that there are potential adverse effects, they should reach out to their commercial payors ahead of January 1, 2017, when the rule goes into effect. Providers may also want to reach out to optimize potential new reimbursement opportunities created by the rule.

8. Spine surgery for patients in the transition zone

Written by Dr. Todd H. Lanman | Thursday, 10 November 2016 20:53
About three years ago, I saw a patient with terrible back and neck pain. He is an elite tennis player, actor, singer—an all-around active and vibrant man. His pain was brutal, and it was severely affecting his personal and professional life. Surgery was clearly indicated, but the surgical approach was anything but straightforward.
Scottsdale-based Arizona Brain & Spine Center welcomed Abhishiek Sharma, MD, to the team, according to AZ Big Media.
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Nov. 10, 2016.
Ten spine surgeons talk about what they expect from Donald Trump over the next four years and how their practices are preparing for the future.
Orthopedic Affiliates welcomed John Cahoy, MD, PhD, to its Westford, Mass. location, according to Wicked Local Westford.

13. Dr. John Peters joins Methodist Sports Medicine: 4 notes

Written by Eric Oliver | Tuesday, 08 November 2016 19:17
Spine surgeon John G. Peters, MD, is joining Indianapolis-based Methodist Sports Medicine, The Southside Times reports.
Elmhurst Hospital named Tibor Boco, MD, co-medical director of neurosurgery, according to a Chicago Tribune report. 
Saeed Bajwa, MD, of Johnson City, N.Y., received the Award of Appreciation from the ICNA Relief USA.
Here are more than 10 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons who recently received awards or promotions.

17. 5 key findings on pedicle screw insertion

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 07 November 2016 09:16
A new study published in Spinal Deformity examines whether the standard approach for inserting pedicle screws is the best approach.
Durham, N.C.-based Duke University researchers discovered a protein essential for spinal cord injury repair, according to Laboratory Equipment.
Here are four spine surgeons and neurosurgeons who were in the news this past week.
A new study published in Spine examines minimally invasive techniques and separation surgery for patients with metastatic spine disease.
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