January 2014 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

Orthopedics & Spine Review


January 2014 Spine Curent Issue



How Will the Healthcare Changes Shape the Practice of Spine Surgery? Q&A With Dr. Ziya Gokaslan of Johns Hopkins
Ziya Gokaslan, MD, is the vice chairman of neurosurgery and director of the neurosurgical spine center at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. Click to continue >>

Going Global: Where the Spine Device Market is Headed
President, CEO and Co-Founder of K2M Eric Major discusses how his company has expanded globally and plans to remain successful in the spinal implant market going forward. Click to continue >>

Bundled Payments for Spine Surgery: Are They a Good Idea?
Cost saving efforts as a result of healthcare reform has taken over the healthcare industry in various forms, including accountable care organizations, population health management and bundled payments. Click to continue >>

Publisher’s Letter

How Spine Surgeons Can Succeed With Consensus Building: Q&A With Dr. K. Daniel Riew 
K. Daniel Riew, MD, is the Mildred Simon Professor of Orthopedics, Professor of Neurosurgery, and Chief of cervical spine surgery for Washington University Orthopedics. Click to continue >>

NASS to Washington Post: Don’t Condemn All Spinal Fusions
The North American Spine Society Executive Committee has penned a letter to the Washington Post in response to a story about the necessity of spinal fusions. Click to continue >>

Dr. Daniel Resnick: NASS Registry Update
Daniel Resnick, MD, MS, professor and vice chairman of neurological surgery at the University School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, shares insight on the latest developments in the North American Spine Society spine registry. Click to continue >>

Spine Surgery vs. Joint Replacement: Cost Effectiveness Compared
A new study published in The Spine Journal compared the cost-effectiveness of total hip surgery and total knee surgery to the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. Click to continue >>

8 Spine and Neurosurgeons on the Move

Morris (Ill.) Hospital & Healthcare Centers announced the addition of Mir H. Ali, MD, to its medical staff. Click to continue >>

51 Spine Surgeons on Top Leadership Strategies 
Here are 51 spine surgeons discussing their number one piece of advice to become an industry leader. Click to continue >>

Can Spine Device Start-Ups Still Survive?
The medical device market has been turned on its head over the last five years as regulations have increased and venture capital funding has dried up. Click to continue >>

OIG Issues Findings on Spine Device Physician-Owned Distributorships 
The Office of the Inspector General released a new report on physician-owned distributorships related to spine surgery devices. Click to continue >>

Device Companies — 7 Key Notes — NuVasive, Zimmer Spine & More
Here are seven key notes on major spine and orthopedic device companies. Click to continue >>

Key Advice for a Successful Practice: 5 Spine Surgeons Weigh In
Here are five spine and neurosurgeons discussing the best advice they ever received and how they incorporated it into their professional careers. Click to continue >>

Spotlight on Innovative Spine Care Delivery: Geisinger Neuroscience Institute's Dr. Jonathan Slotkin
Geisinger Health System is known for leading the curve in healthcare innovation by implementing evidence-based medicine and risk sharing programs early to truly lead the charge for change in healthcare delivery. Click to continue >>

10 Key Components of On-Call Contracts for Spine Surgeons
Wayne J. Miller, Esq., a healthcare transaction and regulatory attorney and founding partner of Compliance Law Group in Los Angeles, Calif., discusses 10 essential elements of hospital on-call contracts for spine surgeons. Click to continue >>


12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Business of Spine Brochure 

The Future of Spine Surgery
The business of spine has become very tricky business. Click to continue >>

Outpatient Spine Surgery: 5 Surgeons on Performing Cases in ASCs
Five spine surgeons discuss the opportunities for performing spine surgery in outpatient ambulatory surgery centers and where they see the field headed in the future. Click to continue >>

CMS Won’t Cover New Technique for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Patients
CMS said Medicare will not reimburse percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis patients, according to a new national coverage determination. Click to continue >>

Disc Replacement vs. Spinal Fusion: 4 Findings on Dysphagia Levels 
Physician researchers conducted a prospective randomized controlled study to determine and explain differences in dysphagia between patients undergoing artificial disc replacement and anterior cervical decompression and fusion and published the results in Spine. Click to continue >>


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