1. ISASS releases cervical interbody policy statement

Written by Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:55
The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery issued the ISASS Policy Statement — Cervical Interbody in the International Journal of Spine Surgery.

2. Dr. James Perry joins Vail-Summit Orthopaedics

Written by Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:46
Vail (Colo.)-Summit Orthopaedics hired spine surgeon James Perry, DO, who will officially begin with the practice at the end of August, according to a Vail Daily report.
Some apples don't fall far from the tree. For father-son and father-daughter spine and neurosurgeon teams, that distance can sometimes be microscopic.
Chukwuka Okafor, MD, relocated Spine Institute of Central Florida's Lakeland office to a new location in Lakeland, according to a report by The Ledger.

5. 8 spine & neurosurgeons on the move

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 28 July 2014 15:37
Here are eight spine surgeons and neurosurgeons that joined new groups over the past few months.
  Dr. Marinko Rade received the 2014 Young Investigator Award from Spine for his article published in July 2014.
Founder of NeuroSpine Institute Robert L. Masson, MD, was named to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine scientific and medical research funding work group.
Hagerstown, Md.-based Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute added Stuart J. Goodman, MD, to its medical team.

9. Dr. Paul Muizelaar joins Cabell Huntington Hospital

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 28 July 2014 13:18
  Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va., added Paul Muizelaar, MD, PhD, a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon to its physician team.

10. How spine surgery will thrive in a data-driven world

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 28 July 2014 09:28
As healthcare shifts from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance and risk-sharing compensation models, specialists are developing new and innovative ways to ensure their field's sustainability in the future. Spine is no different — and in many ways, spine surgeons have an uphill battle.
  Texas Children's Hospital in Houston sent physicians and reserachers to present at the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program conference.
  The Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation, an affiliate of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons announced the recipients of its post-residency, clinical fellowship grant program for the 2014 to2015 academic year.
  There is room for improvement of adult spinal deformity knowledge among neurosurgeons, according to the results of a survey published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.
It is no secret that spine surgeons are facing increasing regulatory burdens and, at times, seemingly arbitrary pieces of legislation. Three spine surgeons discuss what legislation they would change and why.
  Data is king in healthcare today. Outcomes and cost analysis data can prove one treatment more effective than another, show opportunities to eliminate waste and allow providers to compare themselves to others.

16. 10 spine & neurosurgeons making headlines this week

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 25 July 2014 07:26
  Here are 10 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons recently in the news.
  The departments of neurosurgery and neurology at Good Samaritan Hospital and the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, both located in Los Angeles, have formed a new affiliation and established the USC Neuroscience Center at Good Samaritan Hospital.

18. 8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:30
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for July 24, 2014.

19. 10 new spine procedures proposed for ASC payable list

Written by Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:49
  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates earlier this month, and they include 10 new spine procedures, according to an ASCA report.

20. 11 recent spine, orthopedic practice openings & expansions

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:59
  Here are 11 spine and orthopedic practices that have expanded recently.
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