1. 5 things to know about spine surgery SSI

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 29 September 2014 10:16
The Spine Journal recently published an article examining surgical site infection after spinal surgery.

2. 9 roadblocks to minimally invasive spine surgery adoption

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 26 September 2014 16:34
Minimally invasive spine surgery is becoming more common in spinal practices. There are studies showing clinical benefits and long-term cost savings when compared with open procedures.
  Retired spine surgeon Gary K. Michelson, MD, announced a new $2,500 book scholarship for college students through The Michelson Twenty Million Minds Foundation.
Here are 11 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons in the news this week.
 Mark Ignatius, DO, joined California Pacific Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in San Francisco.
  Minimally invasive spine surgery has become more pervasive over the past five years with enhanced techniques and technology to achieve better outcomes and lower the cost of care. Surgeons across the country are performing these less invasive techniques, and the surgeons at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush's Minimally Invasive Spine Institute have a hand in promoting minimally invasive spine surgery education, technology and advancement.

7. Maintain referral relationships: What does it take?

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 25 September 2014 11:25
  Two spine surgeons discuss ways to maintain good referral relationships.
A study published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques examines the long-term outcomes after revision neural decompression and fusion for same-level recurrent lumbar stenosis.

9. AMA publishes new CPT code for MIS SI joint fusion

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:41
The American Medical Association's Current Procedural Technology Editorial Panel published the 2015 Professional Edition Manual, including the newly-created CPT code for minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion.

10. 8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — Sept. 25

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:11
  Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Sept. 25, 2014.
  A medical practice owner, like all professional practice owners, should spend some of his/her time working on the practice, not just in the practice. We know this because we have our own professional practice ourselves. However, even if the owner works "on" the practice; if they ignore one fundamental legal contract, all of his/her work may be in jeopardy — as a single bad event could wipe out everything they have worked so hard to build.
Neurological Surgery in Rockville Centre, N.Y., appointed Paolo A. Bolognese, MD, as director of the practice's new Chiari Neurosurgical Center, according to a Newsday report.
  A study published in Spine examines trends in three different surgical treatments for thoracic disc disorders for patients with myelopathy.

14. Santa Rosa Orthopaedics creates total spine health program

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:27
Santa Rosa (Calif.) Orthopaedics' established a new total spine health program.

15. Crouse Hospital names Dr. Eric Deshaies a medical director

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:43
  Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., appointed Eric M. Deshaies, MD, medical director for endovascular and cerebrovascular neurosurgery, according to a report by The Post-Standard.
The Philippine Medical Association in Chicago named Henry Echiverri, MD, 2014 Physician of the Year, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

17. Healthcare 3.0: What the data invasion means for spine surgery

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:28
The spine surgery and treatment field is changing, swept up in overall healthcare trends post-reform. With more data available and pressure toward pay-for-performance, new trends could take hold in the future.
An article published in the September 2014 issue of Spinal Deformity, the official journal of the Scoliosis Research Society, examines the factors predicting cost-effectiveness of adult spinal deformity surgery two years after the procedure.

19. Dr. Richard Hynes instructs OLIF spinal surgery technique

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:11
The B.A.C.K. Center and Crane Creek Surgery Center's Richard Hynes, MD, was recently featured in The Herald Times for his efforts in performing and instructing the oblique lumbar interbody fusion technique.

20. Orthopedic spine vs. neurosurgeon for ACDF: 3 key findings

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 22 September 2014 15:27
  A study published in Spine examines whether surgeon specialty makes a difference for single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.
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