Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Dr. Cara Cipriano named Penn Medicine's chief of ortho oncology

    Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine named Cara Cipriano, MD, its new chief of orthopedic oncology, the health system said in a Dec. 3 update.
  2. 2 NHL players have disc replacements in 3 weeks

    Chicago Blackhawks forward Tyler Johnson on Dec. 3 had artificial disc replacement surgery three weeks after Jack Eichel of the Vegas Golden Knights went under the knife for the same procedure, according to the NHL.
  3. New York orthopedic society president critical of governor's 'nonessential' surgery limits

    John DiPreta, MD, president of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons, has criticized Gov. Kathy Hochul's executive order limiting "nonessential" and "nonurgent" procedures in hospitals with capacity issues caused by COVID-19.
  1. Bolt spine nav system to go commercial with series A funding

    Houston-based Circinus Medical Technology closed its initial round of series A financing, the company said in a Dec. 3 news release.
  2. Maryland's largest orthopedic group to kick off 1st risk-based contract in 2022: Q&A with Dr. Nicholas Grosso

    Many orthopedic providers found initial success in bundled payment initiatives but later found themselves in a "race to the bottom" as certain payment models sought to continuously reduce costs while maintaining high-quality care.
  3. Medicare spending on orthopedic surgery plunged $587M in 2020

    Medicare spending on physician services declined $13.9 billion below expected levels in 2020, with orthopedic surgery accounting for $587M (23.7 percent) of that drop, the American Medical Association said in a Dec. 2 news release.
  4. University of New Mexico adds orthopedic surgery hub

    Albuquerque-based University of New Mexico Sandoval Regional Medical Center added an orthopedic surgery and rehab clinic, CBS affiliate KRQE reported Dec. 1.

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  1. Dr. Robert Watkins performs back surgery on NBA player Brook Lopez

    Robert Watkins IV, MD, performed back surgery on Brook Lopez, an NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a Dec. 2 news release.
  2. NuVasive resumes sales of Precice devices

    NuVasive has lifted its voluntary ship hold on Precice titanium devices in the U.S. months after the FDA raised concerns about them in July.
  3. IMAC Holdings names 3 new leadership appointments

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based IMAC Holdings named two new hires and a promotion within the company, according to a Dec. 2 news release.
  4. 4 spine, orthopedic surgery 'firsts' in November

    Becker's Spine Review reported on four first-time surgical cases that were completed in November.
  1. CoreLink launches midline fixation system

    CoreLink launched the CentraFix midline fixation system, according to a Dec. 2 news release.
  2. Spine Wave launches 2 spinal fusion devices

    Spine Wave launched two products for spinal fusions Dec. 2.
  3. Ohio spine practice settles HIPAA violations, agrees to 2 years of monitoring

    Cincinnati-based Advanced Spine & Pain Management was among five providers that recently agreed to pay a settlement and begin a corrective action plan for potential HIPAA violations.
  4. Will physicians flock to large, independent orthopedic groups?

    Large independent orthopedic groups are becoming more prominent across the U.S. as small and solo practices continue to decline amid economic challenges that show no signs of slowing down.
  5. The payer obstacles 2 orthopedic surgeons anticipate in 2022

    Two orthopedic surgeons weigh in on payer obstacles they expect to see in 2022, from reimbursement issues to payer investment in health programs.
  6. 500,000+ people could have been exposed in 11 data breaches at orthopedic practices

    Here are 10 spine and orthopedic practices that submitted data breach reports in 2021 by the number of individuals affected:
  7. Carrell Clinic physician performs spine surgery on Denver Nuggets forward

    Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. had spine surgery at Dallas-based Carrell Clinic, the team said Dec. 1.
  8. 10 spine surgeons to know

    Here are 10 spine surgeons to know:
  9. Medtronic exec among 2 additions to Paragon 28 board

    Orthopedic devicemaker Paragon 28 added B. Kristine Johnson and Kristina Wright to its board of directors, according to a Dec. 1 news release.

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