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As we approach the 4th quarter of the year, most of our spine specialist clients now have a fairly good idea of what their taxable income will be for 2014.  If you are like these clients, you may be wondering "is there anything I can do NOW to save taxes on April 15?" The answer is very likely "yes."  

2. 50 things to know about spine surgery radiation exposure

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:27
Here are 50key points on radiation exposure during spine surgery from studies and expert articles on the topic.
  Spine surgeons in Texas examined Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman after he incurred a preseason neck injury and advised against returning to play, according to a Dallas News report.
  An article published in Spine examines preoperative serum albumin levels as a predictor of postoperative spinal fusion complications.
Christopher Yeung, MD, of Desert Institute for Spine Care performed spine surgery on Colorado Rockies pitcher Brett Anderson, according to a Denver Post report.

6. Dr. Adebukola Onibokun opens San Jose Neurospine

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 25 August 2014 15:45
Adebukola Onibokun, MD, recently opened a new spine center in San Jose, Calif.
George Martin, MD, a spine surgeon at Foundation Surgical Hospital of El Paso performed his 200th minimally invasive spine surgery using the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System.
Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark., opened the $7 million Northwest Arkansas Neuroscience Institute, according to a NWA Online report.
Quality has always been extremely important in healthcare, but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act refocused providers toward data-driven results.

10. 10 spine surgeons making headlines this week — Aug. 22

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 22 August 2014 11:12
Here are 10 spine surgeons and specialists in the news this week.
Priority Health (Michigan) updated its Lumbar Fusion Medical Policy to cover for SI-BONE's minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion procedure.

12. Dr. Chibuikem Akammonu joins FLH Medical

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 22 August 2014 11:06
Orthopedic spine surgeon Chibuikem Akamnonu, MD, joined FLH Medical, P.C. Orthopedic Surgery in Geneva, N.Y., according to a Finger Lakes Times report.
Michigan Head and Spine Institute in Southfield agreed to participate in DMH International's beta launch of Virtual Physician's Network Mobile App Technology.
  A study recently published in Spine examined the complications and mortality rate for cervical spine surgery patients and compared the rates between different racial groups.
An article published in The Spine Journal examines polyurethane materials use in spine surgery.
Three spine surgeons discuss strategies they have implemented to reduce costs at their medical practices.

17. 25 things for spine surgeons to know about the Sunshine Act

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:12
The Sunshine Act passed last year, requiring medical device companies to disclose compensation or gifts given to surgeons valued at more than $10, with few exceptions. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services collected data from device companies and expected to publish interactions on the CMS website starting September 2014, but everything didn't go as planned.
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Aug. 21, 2014.
A recent article from MedPage Today examines physician spouses, featuring pediatric neurosurgeon David Sandberg, MD, and his wife, Amy Schefler, MD, who is a pediatric ocular oncologist.
Michael Vitale, MD, chief of pediatric spine and scoliosis service at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York performed the first procedure in the area using the MAGnetic Expansion Control device, according to an NY Daily News report.
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