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Opting for hospital employment over private practice has been a fast-growing trend.
Four spine surgeons discuss the Medicare and Medicaid data recently released on spinal fusions and how data transparency is changing healthcare, for better or for worse.
 InVivo Therapeutics named Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix a third clinical trial site for the company's acute spinal cord injury treatment.

4. 5 Findings on Lumbar Interbody Fusion Alignment

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 26 June 2014 09:28
A study published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques compares sagittal alignment for anterior, lateral and transforaminal approaches after lumbar interbody fusion.
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for June 19, 2014.
Frank Phillips, MD, co-director of the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, will lead a new training course for young surgeons and fellows.
Atlanta-based Shepherd Center and Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., announced they established an alliance to create a "center of excellence" for catastrophic injury rehabilitation, long-term acute care and medical care. 
George Rappard, MD, has been inducted into Washington D.C.'s Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
The International Journal of Spine Surgery published an article examining intraoperative three-dimensional imaging for assessing pedicle screw position.
An April CBS report examined spinal fusion surgery, using Medicare-released data to discuss trends in fusion use and investigate potentially unnecessary procedures; now CBS is reporting on reaction to their original investigation.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons released a list of neurosurgical tests or procedures that are commonly ordered, but not always necessary, as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign.
United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, W.Va., is building the UHC Orthopaedic and Spine Center, according to a 12 WBOY report.

13. 5 Findings on Spinal Cord Tumor Surgery Outcomes & Cost

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:15
Researchers at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport published a study analyzing the incidence of adverse outcomes and inpatient mortality after intramedullary spinal cord tumors and published the results in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.

14. Dr. Colby Maher Joins Baptist Medical Group

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 23 June 2014 16:07
Baptist Medical Group announced the addition of Colby Maher, MD, to its physician team. 
  In 2011, Cigna examined spinal fusion patients and found 87 percent of customers who had fusions were still experiencing pain and undergoing additional therapies or drugs two years later, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.
Kyle Colle, DO, a neurosurgeon with Regional Brain and Spine in Cape Girardeau, Mo., discusses trends in complex spine surgery.
The Spinal Deformity journal recently published an article about postoperative recovery outcomes for adults with scoliosis surgery.

18. 6 Considerations for Starting an ASC Spine Program

Written by Heather Punke | Friday, 20 June 2014 15:24
At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine in Chicago on June 14, TK Miller, MD, with Carilion Clinic Orthopedics in Virginia; Todd Evans, with Capital Growth Medvest; and Joseph Zasa, co-founder and managing partner of ASD Management, discussed the importance of developing a spine program in ASCs.

19. 5 Spine & Neurosurgeon Achievements

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Friday, 20 June 2014 12:05
Here are five recent spine and neurosurgeon achievements and appointments.
Researchers investigated the outcomes of minimal access spinal surgery in managing infectious spondylitis and compared the results to traditional anterior spinal surgery, with a minimum follow-up of two years, and published the results in The Spine Journal.
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