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  1. J&J's $2.4M fee request denied after whistleblowers' lawsuit fails

    A federal judge on Jan. 24  rejected Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics' bid to make two orthopedic surgeons pay $2.4 million after their whistleblower case related to the company's Pinnacle hip implant portfolio was tossed.
  2. Stryker kickstarts offering for $3.1B communications company

    Stryker has initiated a cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Vocera Communications for $79.25 per share in cash, the company said Jan. 25.
  3. 1st cases done with Aurora Spine's cervical plate

    Sebastian Koga, MD, a neurosurgeon in Covington, La., completed the first cases with Aurora Spine's Apollo cervical plate.
  1. Johnson & Johnson's US orthopedic sales dip 3.5%: 5 Q4 notes

    Johnson & Johnson orthopedic sales in the U.S. and worldwide decreased year over year in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to financial results posted Jan. 25.
  2. 7 orthopedic leadership appointments to know

    Seven orthopedic leadership appointments made since Jan. 1:
  3. 4 upcoming orthopedic, spine projects totaling more than $250M

    In the last 30 days, construction was completed or announced for four multimillion-dollar spine and orthopedic projects at hospitals.
  4. Tri-County Health Care hits 500th joint replacement

    The orthopedics team at Tri-County Health Care completed their 500th joint replacement since adding the service three years ago.

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  1. Florida orthopedic practice more than doubles revenue since 2019 merger

    Tampa-based Florida Orthopaedic Institute became the largest orthopedic practice in the state in 2021 after merging with MD Healthcare Partners in 2019, Business Observer reported Jan. 24.
  2. Medtronic spinal cord stimulators approved for diabetic pain management

    Medtronic's Intellis rechargeable neurostimulator and Vanta recharge-free neurostimulator were approved by the FDA for treating chronic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
  3. Dr. Nitin Khanna earns 2 lifetime achievement awards

    Spine surgeon Nitin Khanna, MD, received two lifetime achievement awards from Vitals.
  4. Hospitals weigh options as orthopedic practices attract patients

    In the last year, spine and orthopedic practices have turned to consolidation and aligning with management services organizations to keep up with the shifting healthcare landscape. For patients, outpatient surgeries and forgoing hospital stays have become favorable, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. 5 emerging trends spine surgeons must monitor

    A number of trends are expected to gain momentum in spine surgery in the coming years, such as the growth of minimally invasive procedures and technologies, shifting hospital strategies and site-of care changes.
  2. $68.5M spine, orthopedic hospital slated for Arkansas

    UAMS Orthopaedic & Spine hospital in Little Rock, Ark., is one of two major construction projects that the health system expects to complete within the next 18 months, Arkansas Business reports.
  3. Missouri spine surgeon joins 150-plus-physician medical group

    Terrence Piper, MD, has joined Signature Orthopedics and is practicing at its new location in St. Peters, Mo.
  4. Former Stryker salesman becomes exec at Think Surgical

    Chris Fronk, who worked at Stryker for 17 years, has been named Think Surgical's vice president of U.S. sales.
  5. Best cities for mid-career orthopedic surgeon pay

    Two cities in Alabama are among the top paying cities for mid-career orthopedic surgeons, according to the Medscape physician salary calculator.
  6. Texas orthopedic practice names new president

    Tyler, Texas-based Azalea Orthopedics named John Priddy, MD, as its new president, CBS affiliate KYTX reported Jan. 21.
  7. The uncertainties Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center CEO Mark Schwartz is monitoring

    CMS and insurer policies are areas Mark Schwartz, CEO of Warrenton, Va.-based Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center, is watching closely in 2022. 
  8. New York property housing orthopedic group acquired

    Healthcare real estate firm Montecito Medical acquired the Windsong Medical Park, a 72,000-square-foot property in the Buffalo, N.Y., suburb of Williamsville.
  9. 10 orthopedic surgeons to know

    Here are 10 physicians performing orthopedic surgery:

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