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  1. Cleveland neurosurgeon pleads guilty to pharmaceutical kickback scheme

    Neurosurgeon Bhupinder Sawhny, MD, on Oct. 11 pleaded guilty to accepting kickbacks from Avanir Pharmaceuticals in exchange for writing prescriptions for Nuedexta to people who did not need them, reported Oct. 11.
  2. Georgia orthopedic surgeon named VP of county medical society

    The Colquitt County Medical Society named orthopedic surgeon Franky Davis, MD, as vice president for the 2022-23 term, the Moultrie Observer reported Oct. 12.
  3. ClarifyEye AR system expands to Japan

    Royal Phillips' ClarifyEye augmented reality spine system debuted in Japan, the medtech company said Oct. 13.

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  1. 13-employee orthopedic practice could be headed for bankruptcy

    Andrew Bush, MD, of Central Carolina Orthopaedic Associates in Sanford, N.C., hasn't seen his practice profit since at least 2018, Kaiser Health News reported Oct. 13. As an independent physician, he's one of many feeling the pressure of growing hospital systems buying smaller practices and attracting surgeons.
  2. UnitedHealthcare's policy update won't fully cover Nevro's spinal cord stimulation device

    Nevro's spinal cord stimulation device won't be covered by UnitedHealthcare in all cases as of Dec. 1, the devicemaker said.
  3. Minimally invasive spine surgery: What's exciting spine leaders

    While spine robots are still widely considered to be in the infancy stages, endoscopy surgery has been around for far longer. Recent years have seen more device companies develop spine robots to rival legacy platforms on the market and interest in endoscopic spine surgery has spiked because of its potential efficiency and cost-effective status in the outpatient setting.
  4. Dr. Robert Watkins performs spine surgery on Buffalo Bills player

    Spine specialist Robert Watkins, MD, repaired a herniated neck disc on Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde in Los Angeles, according to an Oct. 12 tweet from ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler. 

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  1. OsteoCentric Technologies receives 2 orthopedic device FDA clearances

    Austin, Texas-based OsteoCentric Technologies has received FDA 510(k) clearance for two new orthopedic implant systems, the Integrity-SI Fusion System and the OsteoCentric Pedicle Screw Fastener System. 
  2. Dr. Jeffrey MacMillan brings orthopedic surgery to Kimball Hospital

    Kimball (Neb.) Health Services is adding orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey MacMillan, MD, and his assistant and business partner Karen Wenner, APRN, DNP, to its staff, marking the beginning of orthopedic care at Kimball, according to an Oct. 11 report from News Channel Nebraska.
  3. Ohio hospital transitions orthopedic services to Crystal Clinic

    Cleveland-based St. Vincent Charity Medical Center's orthopedic surgeons will join Crystal Clinic in Fairlawn, Ohio, the practice said Oct. 12.
  4. BCBS Massachusetts' AI returned orthopedic prior authorization in under a day

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts completed its FastPass pilot, an automated prior authorization process.
  1. A new $1B spine company: Inside the Orthofix, SeaSpine merger

    SeaSpine and Orthofix entered an agreement to merge, with the deal expected to close in early 2023. Both companies boast emerging technologies in spine and orthopedics, and together they plan to rake in $1 billion in their early years.
  2. Medtech merger, ZimVie's new spine system and more: 6 device company notes

    Accelus' implant milestone and five more key updates from spine and orthopedic devicemakers since Oct. 5:
  3. University Orthopedics adds Dr. Vamsy Bobba to spine center

    East Providence, R.I.-based University Orthopedics has added Vamsy Bobba, MD, to its Center for Spine Health, according to an Oct. 11 press release sent to Becker's.
  4. Dr. Geoffrey Appelboom performs first 3D-printed spinal implant surgery in New Jersey

    Geoffrey Appelboom, MD, performed the first 3D printed patient-specific spinal implant procedure in New Jersey at Paterson-based St. Joseph's Health, according to an Oct. 11 press release sent to Becker's. 
  5. Orthopedic surgeon, ASC founder joins medtech advisory board

    Jaswinder Grover, MD, an orthopedic and spine surgeon and the founder and owner of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Institute and Smoke Ranch Surgery Center, has been appointed to Harvard Medtech's medical advisory board. 
  6. Vori Health, TeleMed2U partner for holistic orthopedic care

    Musculoskeletal condition treatment company Vori Health has partnered with online appointment booking service and telemedicine provider TeleMed2U to expand holistic orthopedic treatment options. 
  7. Nexus Spine reaches 5K Tranquil implantations

    Nexus Spine celebrated the 5,000th implantation of its interbody fusion technology Tranquil. 
  8. Surgalign snags best new technology award

    Global medical technology company Surgalign has been awarded the 2022 Best New Spine Technology award for its Holo Portal surgical guidance system. 
  9. Captiva Spine partners for spine navigation, robotics

    Jupiter, Fla.-based Captiva Spine has partnered with Taiwanese robotics and navigation company Remex Medical to improve future developments in spine navigation and practical robotic solutions. 

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