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  1. No regrets about dropping bundled payments, Rothman Orthopaedics president says

    Although Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedics has eliminated bundled payments, its president, Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD, said using them is still worth it for some practices.
  2. Minnesota ASC 1st in state to perform spine surgery with Medtronic robot

    Woodbury, Minn.-based Summit Orthopedics' Eagan Surgery Center was reportedly the first ASC in the state to perform spine surgery with the Mazor X Stealth Edition robotic system.
  3. 38-physician orthopedic group opens 8th clinic

    OrthoSouth, a 38-physician practice with locations in Mississippi and Tennessee, has opened its eight clinics in Hernando, Miss., the DeSoto County News reported June 6.

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  1. 9 key sports medicine updates in the first half of 2021

    From an $85 million center receiving approval, to the New York Mets' new team physician, here are nine key sports medicine updates in the first half of 2021:
  2. 10 orthopedic surgeon moves in May

    From four surgeons named vice chairs at an Arkansas hospital to the leader of an arthroscopy association, here are seven orthopedic 10 who gained new titles in May:
  3. Medtronic's last 6 months: 7 updates

    From increasing revenue growth to shifting spine strategy and FDA approvals, here are seven key Medtronic developments this year:
  4. Washington neurosurgeon vies for board of health seat

    Neurosurgeon Dave Atteberry, MD, is competing against two other physicians for a position as chief medical officer on the Yakima (Wash.) Health District Board of Health, according to YakimaHerald.com.
  1. Lumbar disc replacement coverage case against Aetna to move forward

    A lawsuit over Aetna Life Insurance's spine surgery coverage that was originally dismissed in 2019 will now go forward, according to a motion granted June 11.
  2. Atlanta spine practice lands PE investment

    Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Summit Spine & Joint Centers was acquired by MSouth Equity Partners.
  3. Awake spinal fusion lauded by Colorado neurosurgeon

    Ernest Braxton, MD, has laid out three key advantages of awake spinal fusion, a procedure that he first performed in 2016, Summit Daily reported June 14.
  4. Orthopedic surgeons reporting $5M net worth declines

    Medscape's "Physician Wealth & Debt Report 2021," released June 11, shows the percentage of orthopedic surgeons with a net worth exceeding $5 million decreased last year.
  1. Spine allograft recalled after 4 patients get tuberculosis

    Aziyo Biologics, a regenerative medicine company, voluntarily recalled a lot of its FiberCel product after several patients who received it tested positive for tuberculosis, according to the FDA.
  2. 10 places hiring orthopedic surgeons

    Here are 10 places hiring orthopedic surgeons, using LinkedIn's Job Search tool:
  3. Leadership moves, advocacy plans & more: 12 notes from spine, orthopedic societies in 2021

    From new leadership appointments and partnerships, here's what major spine and orthopedic organizations did in the first half of 2021:
  4. AI, machine learning holds immense promise in spine: 3 surgeons discuss

    The implementation of sophisticated artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms has the potential to transform how spine surgeons approach preoperative clinic visits and guide decisions based on predictive models. 
  5. 500th robotic spine surgery completed at Massachusetts hospital

    Charles Kanaly, MD, performed the 500th robotic-assisted spine surgery at Saint Anne's Hospital in Fall River, Mass., Warehamweektoday.com reported June 10.
  6. How robots, AI are transforming spinal deformity surgery: Q&A with Dr. Meagan Fernandez

    Meagan Fernandez, DO, recently completed her 200th robotic-assisted pediatric spine surgery at Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute.
  7. 2 spine industry veterans join DiFusion Technologies board

    DiFusion Technologies added Todd Potokar to its board of directors and named Rich Grant as chair of the board.
  8. 28 orthopedic devices approved by FDA in May

    The FDA granted several knee, hip, shoulder and spine devices 510(k) clearance in May.
  9. Medtronic's spinal cord stimulation system with 11-year battery life approved

    The FDA has provided clearance for Medtronic's Vanta, a recharge free implantable neurostimulator.

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