Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Approval granted for $210M orthopedic hospital in North Carolina

    Wilmington, N.C.-based New Hanover Regional Medical Center's certificate of need application to build a 66-bed hospital has been approved by state regulators.
  2. Orthofix gets FDA clearance for 3D-printed TLIF spacer

    The FDA gave 510(k) clearance for Orthofix's Forza Ti TLIF spacer system.
  3. Dr. Neal ElAttrache operates on Nuggets' Jamal Murray

    Neal ElAttrache, MD, operated on Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray's knee, according to an April 21 report from Sportsnet.
  1. Wisconsin hospital 1st in state to offer novel spinal stenosis treatment

    Appleton, Wis.-based ThedaCare is one of three hospitals in the state to offer the Mild procedure to treat lumbar spinal stenosis, Waushara Argus reported April 21.
  2. How value-based care is changing in spine: 9 surgeons weigh in

    Nine spine surgeons discuss opportunities and inefficiencies in value-based programs and project how care models will evolve.
  3. Late-week spine surgeries linked to longer hospital stays, study finds

    Spine surgeries performed late in the week are associated with increased lengths of stay, especially when patients are discharged to a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation center, according to a study published in the April issue of Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.
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    Here are 10 spine surgeons to know:
  1. Former Laser Spine Institute leader named chief of surgery at Florida practice

    Boca Raton, Fla.-based iRise Spine and Joint has appointed Michael Weiss, DO, chief of surgery and CMO.
  2. Post-pandemic patient engagement: Orthopedic leaders weigh in

    During the pandemic, some orthopedic practices found that patients became more engaged with their procedures — wanting to know why and how their care is delivered. 
  3. Spine spinoff, partial knee robot & more: 6 key Zimmer Biomet developments

    From plans to spin off its spine and dental lines to leadership changes and a new robotic platform, here are six key developments from Zimmer Biomet since January:
  4. 17 spine devices receive FDA clearance in March

    The FDA cleared several spine devices last month.
  1. Professional society honors spine, total joint surgeon Dr. Steven DeLuca

    Patient Preferred Physicians and Practitioners, a society of highly referred providers, has named Steven DeLuca, DO, a "patient preferred orthopedic surgeon" for the state of Pennsylvania in 2021.
  2. Zimmer Biomet's partial knee system gets clearance; 2 leadership moves & more: 6 device company updates

    Here are six updates from spine and orthopedic device companies over the past week:
  3. UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to open two new sites

    Cheektowaga, N.Y.-based UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is opening two new locations in the state, according to an April 21 report from Buffalo Business First.
  4. Nevada orthopedic group capitalizes on population boom with $60M expansion

    Construction is on track for Reno (Nev.) Orthopedic Clinic's $60 million expansion of its downtown facility, Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.
  5. Duke neurosurgeon writes episode of medical drama

    Spinal neurosurgeon Oren Gottfried, MD, has used his medical expertise to pitch and write an upcoming episode of The Good Doctor, ABC11 reports.
  6. Patient's $229K spine surgery bill to be reviewed by Colorado Supreme Court

    The Colorado Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a woman who was billed $229,112 by Westminster-based St. Anthony North Health Campus for a 2014 spine surgery, Colorado Politics reports.
  7. Dr. Christopher Olivia to lead Rothman Orthopaedics as CEO

    Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedic Institute named Christopher Olivia, MD, as its new CEO.
  8. Pacira invests in biopharmaceutical company

    Pacira Biosciences invested $3 million in Spine BioPharma.
  9. How NASS plans to advocate for physicians and patients this year

    Prior authorization remains a key focus for the North American Spine Society's advocacy efforts this year. The organization also has its eyes on enhancing a bill to protect patients from surprise medical billing.

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