Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Conformis, Zimmer Biomet resolve all patent disputes & more: 6 device company key notes

    Here are six key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies from the past week:
  2. Dr. Howard An: Spine surgeons have been the 'forgotten soldiers' during COVID-19 pandemic

    The spine surgeon has been the "forgotten soldier," during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Howard An, MD, director of the spine surgery fellowship program at Rush Medical College in Chicago.
  3. California practice reopens, performs 1st spine surgery in 2 months

    The Back Institute of Beverly Hills (Calif.) recently performed its first surgery after a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Digital Journal reports.
  1. 11 spine, orthopedic surgeons who operated on pro athletes this year

    Here are 11 spine and orthopedic surgeons who performed surgery on professional athletes in 2020:
  2. 25 spine surgeon moves in 2020, by state

    Following is a list of 25 spine and neurosurgeons who joined new organizations, retired or received promotions this year, grouped by state.
  3. Spine, orthopedic rehab hospital opens in Iowa

    University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City and Birmingham, Ala.-based Encompass Health on June 1 opened an inpatient rehabilitation hospital for patients with spinal cord injuries and complex orthopedic conditions, CBS2 Iowa reports.
  4. 3 spine, neurosurgery device recalls in the past year

    Here are three spine and neurosurgery devices recalled by device companies in the past year:

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  1. How COVID-19 has affected Medtronic, Stryker, Johnson & Johnson's shares in May

    Here's how Medtronic, Stryker and Johnson & Johnson's shares have fluctuated over the last month:
  2. Best-case scenario: 7 months until orthopedic volumes return to near-normal, simulation says

    Two years after COVID-19-related elective orthopedic surgery delays come to an end, the cumulative case backlog is expected to surpass 1 million — and that's in the best-case scenario, according to projections published May 12 in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
  3. $3.4M raised by biomaterials startup for scaffolds to treat spinal cord injuries

    Biomaterials startup Spiderwort has closed a $3.4 million seed financing round one year after it secured $500,000 in a friends and family funding round, Betakit reports.
  4. Vast gender imbalance in orthopedic surgeon + industry financial relationships, JBJS study finds

    A recent study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found significant gender disparities in payments that orthopedic surgeons receive from the medical device and pharmaceutical industries.
  1. 3 spine surgeon settlements in 2020 — anti-kickbacks, malpractice & more

    Here are three high-profile cases this year in which spine surgeons agreed to settlements to resolve allegations against them:
  2. How Dr. Vladimir Sinkov opened his solo spine practice in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Despite the widespread disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vladimir Sinkov, MD, opened his independent practice, Sinkov Spine Center, June 1.
  3. Orthopedic volumes may take a year to return to pre-pandemic levels, says analyst: 5 findings

    Few orthopedic procedures are considered essential, according to GlobalData, and it could take a year before many procedures return to pre-COVID-19 volume.
  4. Aetna to cover sacroiliac joint fusion under new policy

    Aetna will cover minimally invasive arthrodesis of the sacroiliac joint under a new policy, which was outlined in a May 29 announcement from medical device company SI-Bone.
  5. Orthopedic, spine ASC proposed for Alabama hospital campus — 3 quick notes

    An ASC project proposal was filed with the Alabama State Health Planning and Development Agency, according to Definitive Healthcare data.
  6. Steadman Clinic moves to absorb hospital orthopedic group — 6 things to know

    The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., signed a letter of intent to absorb OrthoAspen, which is part of Aspen (Colo.) Valley Hospital, The Aspen Times reports.
  7. Dr. Rich Berger: 'We have to prepare' for more COVID-19 surges

    Chicago could see multiple waves of COVID-19 as businesses reopen, according to Richard Berger, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who shared his thoughts with Becker's Spine Review.
  8. Michigan group to open 7th location, add 2 orthopedic surgeons

    Petoskey, Mich.-based Bay Street Orthopaedics & Spine is opening an office in Gaylord, Mich., June 15, Gaylord Herald Times reports.
  9. Illinois Bone & Joint Institute opens physician office

    Des Plaines- based Illinois Bone & Joint Institute on June 1 opened a physician office in Kildeer, Ill.

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