Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Orthopedic backlogs mount in Michigan — Here's what 4 organizations are up against

    In the wake of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's announcement that nonessential surgeries can resume starting May 29, the state's health systems are preparing to work through massive backlogs, according to the Detroit Free Press and The Sault News.
  2. How 5 spine practices are proceeding with recovery plans — boosting telemedicine, opening a new center & more

    Five spine surgeons detail how their practices have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and what their recovery plans are for the future.
  3. How 3 orthopedic groups are handling crisis-related challenges: rent deferral, low overhead & more

    Becker's Spine Review asked three leaders to share how their orthopedic groups are handling financial and operational challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
  1. Medtronic Q4 revenue drops because of COVID-19 pandemic & more: 5 device company key notes

    Here are five key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies from the past week: 
  2. How COVID-19 has affected Medtronic, Stryker, Johnson & Johnson's shares this week

    Here's how Medtronic, Stryker and Johnson & Johnson shares have fluctuated over the last week.
  3. New Jersey hospital opens Institute for Robotic Surgery

    Secaucus, N.J.-based Hudson Regional Hospital opened its Institute for Robotic Surgery after a brief delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Hudson Reporter.
  4. NuVasive proposes $400M convertible debt offering

    Spinal device company NuVasive is launching a $400 million private offering of convertible senior notes due 2023.

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  1. Centinel Spine gets OK for manufacturing transfer of prodisc systems

    The FDA granted Centinel Spine approval May 27 for the manufacturing transfer of two disc replacement systems to new vendors.
  2. New York orthopedic surgeon ends $2M malpractice appeal after settling 2013 case

    Brett Greenky, MD, of Syracuse (N.Y.) Orthopedic Specialists recently scrapped his appeal of a $2 million malpractice case after settling with a patient he is accused of permanently injuring during a hip replacement, reports.
  3. $114.7M provided to Connecticut hospital in COVID-19-related federal funding

    Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital in May received more than $114.7 million in federal funding to offset losses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Haven Independent reports.
  4. Stryker veteran joins RTI Surgical board of directors

    Spinal implant developer RTI Surgical on May 26 announced Stuart Simpson joined its board of directors, EIN News reports.
  1. The most exciting opportunities in spine today from 11 surgeons

    Eleven spine surgeons outline the most exciting opportunities in the field over the next several months as their practices change due to the pandemic.
  2. Utilizing data analytics as a pre-emptive strategy for reducing musculoskeletal-related expenditures within an employer-sponsored health plan

    This article is a portion of a book titled "Challenges, Risks and Opportunities in Today's Spine World " edited by Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Frank Phillips, MD, and Richard Fessler, MD. You can find links to the previous chapters at the end of this article.
  3. Texas spine surgeon 1st in US to perform lumbar fusion with biocompatible polymer

    Steven Zielinski, MD, was reportedly the first spine surgeon in the U.S. to perform a lumbar spinal fusion that fuses two biocompatible polymer stabilization devices, The Marlin Democrat reports.
  4. Zynfusion appoints new CEO to lead company to commercialization

    Spinal device company Zynfusion appointed Mark Terrill as CEO May 26.
  5. 3 spine companies partnering with sports stars — Tiger Woods, Jerome Bettis & more

    Here are three spine device companies that partnered with sports stars in the past year:
  6. Which physicians have the most claims denied, resubmitted? A specialty breakdown

    For general surgeons, 19 percent of claims are denied or need resubmitted, according to Medscape's "Physician Compensation Report 2020."
  7. Orthofix partners with spine patient who won Olympic gold

    Orthofix is sponsoring spine patient and Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson, according to a May 26 announcement.
  8. Cleveland Clinic neurosurgeon joins Centerline Biomedical advisory board

    Neurosurgeon Peter Rasmussen, MD, was appointed to the advisory board of Centerline Biomedical on May 22.
  9. Zavation Medical launches expandable cage

    Spinal implant developer Zavation Medical Products on May 26 launched eZspand, an expandable lumbar interbody fusion device, Biospace reports.

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