Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. 3 spine lawsuits in the past 30 days

    From a revived lawsuit against a prominent commercial payer to a patent infringement case and a tainted spine product that may have gotten a patient sick, here are three spine cases that made headlines in the past month:
  2. Novartis drug improves SMA treatment in kids: 6 European study findings

    The Novartis gene therapy drug Zolgensma has led to significant improvements in motor function for presymptomatic children with spinal muscular atrophy, European Pharmaceutical Review reported June 21.
  3. CMS changes that spine surgeons want to see

    While CMS' decision last year to gradually phase out the inpatient-only list has been widely welcomed by the spine community, other regulatory changes related to reduced reimbursement and increased prior authorization requirements have not.

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  1. New York hospital adds latest Stryker robot for joint replacements

    Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y., has become the first hospital in the region to offer the Mako SmartRobotics system for joint replacements, InformNY.com reported June 18.
  2. Patient volume at New York orthopedic group hovers between 70% and 80%; patients urged to resume care

    The Bone & Joint Center in Albany, N.Y., saw patient volumes decrease by about half during the COVID-19 pandemic and still is seeing some reluctance from patients to resume care for orthopedic conditions, the Albany Business Review reported June 18.
  3. College athlete dies from complications from Tommy John surgery

    A 20-year-old baseball player from Fairfax, Va.-based George Mason University died after complications from Tommy John surgery, The New York Times reported June 19.
  4. American Orthopedic Partners gets funds; Drs. James Andrews & Russell Warren join board

    Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based American Orthopedic Partners is expanding with investment from Stone Point Capital, a private equity company, and two legendary orthopedic surgeons joining as board members.
  1. Joint venture orthopedic surgery center 'topped off' at Tennessee hospital

    A 91,000-square-foot orthopedic surgery center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville has reached its structural completion.
  2. 10 spine surgeons to know

    A spine surgeon who performed a unique approach to a spinal fusion and nine more surgeons to know:
  3. 2 spine surgeons' outlook on private equity

    Private equity among spine and orthopedic practices has grown steadily over the past few years. Recently, a 21-physician spine practice in Lawrenceville, Ga., snagged private equity investment.
  4. Culture is king: What surgeons should know before joining an orthopedic group

    As orthopedic surgery has evolved, culture has become king, according to Nitin Khanna, MD, of Munster, Ind.-based Spine Care Specialists, who believes a short path to partnership, minimum buy-in and a collegial group of surgeon-mentors is ideal for those seeking to join an orthopedic group.
  1. Orthopedic implant-purchasing policies are changing; where do surgeons fit in?

    Orthopedic implants are expensive and as healthcare organizations reevaluate costs, surgeons may face more scrutiny about their choices.
  2. Patient sickened by tainted spine allograft sues Aziyo, Medtronic

    A Delaware man is suing Aziyo Biologics and Medtronic alleging he was infected with tuberculosis after receiving an infected spine allograft, which was produced and distributed by the two companies.
  3. New recovery protocol, robot expand spine care at Marcus Neuroscience Institute

    Neurosurgeons at Marcus Neuroscience Institute in Boca Raton, Fla., completed the center's first spine surgery using the enhanced recovery after surgery protocol.
  4. $15M neuroscience institute opens at Norton Healthcare

    The Norton Neuroscience Institute opened June 17 at Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare.
  5. Medtronic's latest clearance, SeaSpine's new launch & more: 4 device company notes

    From new board appointees to a neurostimulator snagging FDA approval, here are four key updates from spine and orthopedic device companies in the last week:
  6. 8 orthopedic practices that affiliated with hospitals, health systems

    To maintain independence in an increasingly challenging environment, independent orthopedic practices are seeking strategic partnerships with larger healthcare entities.
  7. California spine practice using electromagnetic therapy to enhance patient recovery

    Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Advanced Disc Replacement Spinal Restoration Center is reportedly the first in the state to use the Emsculpt device to strengthen and rehabilitate patients' muscles after injury or pre- or post-surgery.
  8. $3.3B Nationwide Children's expansion includes orthopedic and surgery center

    A $3.3 billion expansion at Columbus-based Nationwide Children's Hospital will include an orthopedic surgery center and a 12-story inpatient tower, The Columbus Dispatch reported June 16.
  9. Medtronic vs. Stryker vs. Zimmer Biomet: 7 key comparisons to know in 2021

    Medtronic, Stryker and Zimmer Biomet are all leaders in the medical device space for spine and orthopedics.

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