Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. New Jersey orthopedic surgeon, city pay $425K to settle former firefighter's injury leave suit

    Robert Kayal, MD, and Kayal Orthopedic Center paid $225,000 as part of a $425,000 settlement in a lawsuit that accused a New Jersey city and its physicians of wrongfully attempting to terminate the employment of a former fire captain over his injury leave, reported Jan. 4.
  2. Stryker to acquire Vocera Communications in $3.1B deal

    Stryker signed a definitive agreement to acquire Vocera Communications for $3.1 billion.
  3. 5 orthopedic surgeon moves in December

    Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine's new chief of orthopedic oncology and four more orthopedic surgeons joined new practices or assumed new titles in December:
  1. FDA clearances, acquisitions & more: 5 device company notes

    Here are five updates from spine and orthopedic device companies in the last two weeks:
  2. Accountability, independence and more: 3 orthopedic leaders weigh in on data analytics

    More orthopedic practice leaders are leveraging data analytics with respect to patient care. 
  3. Steadman Clinic adds endoscopic spine specialist

    Spine surgeon Michael Gallizzi, MD, is joining The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo.
  4. Spine patient visits expected to increase 7% in 2022: 5 notes

    Joint pain medical encounters are projected to increase 22 percent in 2022, with spine-related visits expected to rise 7 percent, according to a Jan. 5 report by predictive analytics company Prealize Health.

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  1. Is outpatient migration stifling spine investment at hospitals? 5 surgeons weigh in

    The shift of spine procedures to the outpatient setting has gained momentum in recent years as commercial payers boosted coverage, devicemakers refocused their strategies and surgeons warmed to the idea of operating on patients at ASCs.
  2. Surgalign Holdings acquires equity interest in AI company

    Surgalign Holdings acquired equity interest in Interneural Networks, whose artificial intelligence technology identifies possible pathological states.
  3. NuVasive's bone void filler cleared by FDA for expanded use

    NuVasive's Attrax Putty has been cleared by the FDA for use in interbody fusions of the thoracolumbar spine, NuVasive said Jan. 5.
  4. Illinois Bone and Joint Institute adds spine surgeon

    Des Plaines-based Illinois Bone and Joint Institute added spine surgeon Christopher Bergin, MD, according to a Jan. 4 announcement in the Daily Herald.
  1. 20+ orthopedic practice deals, partnerships by state

    More than 20 orthopedic practice mergers, acquisitions and partnerships were sealed since the beginning of 2021. Here is a state-by-state breakdown:
  2. Abbott spinal cord stimulator clears FDA hurdle

    Abbott's Proclaim XR spinal cord stimulation system was approved by the FDA for expanded MRI compatibility.
  3. RTI Surgical creates spinoff companies for biologics, implants

    RTI Surgical is splitting its company into independent entities focused on surgical implants and biologics.
  4. How well positioned is Medtronic for 2022? 5 notes

    In 2021, Medtronic spent time strengthening its spine business and identified areas to grow technology.
  5. Medtronic, Augmedics & more: 4 device launches that have made a splash since 2019

    From an augmented reality robot to a "smart" orthopedic implant, here are four notable launches from the last three years:
  6. Physician-owned surgical hospital inks joint venture with 2 Ohio health systems

    Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital, an independent hospital in Springfield, has affiliated with Columbus-based OhioHealth and Dayton-based Premier Health, which will both share ownership in the facility with 35 physicians.
  7. 2 Nebraska orthopedic practices merge into 24-physician group

    Lincoln (Neb.) Orthopaedic Center and Nebraska Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, also in Lincoln, have kicked off the new year as a merged entity, the Lincoln Journal Star reported Jan. 3.
  8. Is Zimmer Biomet well-positioned in 2022? 4 notes

    Zimmer Biomet's business saw strong performances in 2021 with revenue increases. The company also made moves to grow in the spine and orthopedic spaces.
  9. U.S. Orthopaedic Partners to grow brand, double in size in 2022

    Birmingham, Ala.-based Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center is the latest practice to join U.S. Orthopaedic Partners, a private equity-backed management services organization in the Southeast.

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