January 2015 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

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On the Cover

HIT for Current issue Global Payments are Changing Spine Care — 5 Key Observations
As healthcare switches from a fee-for-service model to global payments,surgeons are seeing less compensation per episode of care. Click here to continue>>
10 Observations on Spine Tech Innovation: Are We Entering the Dark Ages?
There are several big factors impacting medical device technology field today. Click here to continue>>
Finance for current issue
Public Healthcare Policy 101 for Spine Surgeons — What to Know for 2015
Politics and public policy has long had an impact on healthcare, which has only become more significant since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was implemented. Click here to continue >>

Physicians Report Lower Compensation Increases: 6 Things to Know

Increases in median total cash compensation for physicians were lower in 2014 than 2013, according to the 2014 Physician Compensation and Productivity Survey from Sullivan, Cotter and Associates. Click here to continue >>


Where Spine Surgery & Innovation is Headed: 10 Surgeons on Big Roadblocks & Opportunities

There are several changes in healthcare impacting spine surgery and innovation in the field. Click here to continue >>

How Can Orthopedic Residency Programs Improve? 5 Key Observations

Orthopedic residency programs have evolved significantly over the past few years, but are the changes for the better? Click here to continue >>

How Spine Patient Care Pathways are Changing — For the Better? How Spine Patient Care Pathways are Changing — For the Better? 

Spine treatment plans and protocols are changing as healthcare reform puts more emphasis on high quality, cost-effective care encouraging physicians and healthcare professionals to work together on providing the continuum of care for patients while eliminating waste and improving patient satisfaction. Click here to continue >>

Practice Management

Spine Surgery for Medicare Patients in ASCs in 2015 — But Will Spine Make Good Business Sense?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved several new codes for spine surgery in ambulatory surgery centers, which is a big, controversial step. Click here to continue >>

10 Observations on Healthcare Merger & Acquisition Activity for the Future

Here are 10 key observations on healthcare merger and acquisition activity from Managing Director at Edgemont Capital Partners Jeff Swearingen. Click here to continue >>

Staying Independent Despite Healthcare Reform? 8 Tips

Leadership is always difficult when massive change occurs in any particular industry. Click here to continue >>

Device & Innovation

Outlook for Cervical Disc Replacement: Rosy, With the Right Data

Next year is looking pretty good to spine device company LDR, known for their cervical disc replacement technology.Click here to continue >>

Zimmer Spine Outlook: Key Thoughts & Trends From Steve Healy

In 2014, Zimmer Spine had a huge year. Click here to continue >>

Minimally Invasive SI Joint Fusion: Ready for Prime Time

Minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion surgery obtained a Category I CPT code beginning January 1, 2015. Click here to continue >>

Spine Surgery for ‘Generation Me’: Will Customization Lead to Better Outcomes?

The move toward customization is cultural for “Generation Me”; people want personalized hand towels, tailored clothes and cocktails at their wedding reception designed to match the bride and grooms' personalities. Click here to continue >>

CMS Final Rule: 10 Key Concepts for Physician Pay

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the Physician Fee Schedule final rule with several key changes for 2015, according to an AAOS Now report. Click here to continue >>

5 of the Biggest False Claims Act Developments in 2014

This year, there have been a number of significant False Claims Act developments that affected the healthcare industry, according to a recent report from the law firm Epstein Becker Green. Click here to continue >>

37 Spine Surgeons Under 40 to Know

These surgeons are among young leaders in the spine field today. Click here to continue >>

50 Key Points on the Spine Device Market Through 2020

Here are 50 updates with regard to spine and orthopedic device markets. Click here to continue >>

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