Mary Rechtoris

Mary Rechtoris

Michael J. Musacchio Jr., MD, spine surgeon at Glenview, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem's Neurological Institute and clinical assistant professor at University of Chicago, discussed how spine surgeons can thrive in healthcare moving forward and key innovations advancing the spine field.

Standiford Helm II, MD, medical director of The Helm Center for Pain Management in Laguna Woods, Calif., shares his thoughts on factors impacting the pain management industry and why he employs a multidisciplinary approach to manage chronic pain.

Ellis Knight, MD, senior vice president and CMO of Coker Group in Alpharetta, Ga., says there are eight key factors for spine surgeons to consider before jumping into bundled payments. Dr. Knight discusses these factors and five ways surgeons can deliver higher quality, cost-effective care in healthcare's value-based reimbursement model.

Independent practice, coupled with the drive for outpatient surgery, will transform the orthopedic field in the coming years, according to Nitkin Khanna, MD, of Munster-based Orthopaedic Specialists of Northwest Indiana. In an interview with Becker's Spine Review, Dr. Khanna highlighted how orthopedic surgeons can maintain their independence and other factors impacting the orthopedic industry.

Spine surgeons and orthopedic surgeons are looking at new partnerships to help them bolster patient care and control costs. James Sanfilippo, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon with Marlton, N.J.-based Reconstructive Orthopedics discussed the benefits of these partnerships and key considerations before jumping into a joint venture.

Due to the complexity and length of spine and neurosurgical procedures, the precision of surgical tools is imperative. David Langer, MD, chair of neurosurgery at New York City-based Lenox Hill Hospital, has seen firsthand an innovation that will change the surgical team's experience of spine surgery, a new 3D 4K video microscope.

New York City-based NewYork-Presbyterian Queens' surgeons have been performing robotic arthroplasty surgery since August.

OrthoPediatrics Corp. reported its third quarter results for fiscal year 2017.

The Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society named Angela Rowe, DO, its first female president, effective Oct. 27.

Indian River County officials charged 51-year-old orthopedic spine surgeon Johnny Benjamin, MD, with felony fentanyl trafficking, robbery and grand theft, according to TC Palm.

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