• 'The numbers don't lie': Endoscopy to become more prominent among next generation of spine surgeons
  • Minnesota orthopedic group hit with $111M negligence verdict
  • Orthopedic patient's death highlights potential dangers of prior authorization
  • Spine surgeon killed in Oklahoma hospital shooting
  • Neurosurgeon accepted $3.3M in illegal payments to perform spine surgeries at hospital
  • Spine surgeon gets jail time for abusing patient during hospital visit
  • Providence to pay $22.7M to settle unnecessary spine surgery allegations
  • Texas spine surgeon defending himself from 'Dr. Death 2.0' allegations
  • 'They're on really thin ice': Why 1 insurer has drawn spine surgeons' ire
  • Orthopedic surgeon must face suit in patient's death
  • Spine surgeon 1 of 9 physician billionaires on Forbes' 2022 list
  • Connecticut hospital to appeal $12.5M verdict to family of patient who died after orthopedic surgery
  • 4 spine technologies that promised more than they delivered
  • Orthopedic surgeon's health system exit steeped in controversy
  • Terminated orthopedic surgeon contracts with another New York hospital
  • Texas spine surgeon sued by State Farm over 'unnecessary' procedures
  • 22 hospitals ranked top 25 orthopedic hospitals 3+ years in a row
  • Orthopedic surgeon convicted of battery at hospital
  • UArizona neurosurgery chair dies after motorcycle collision
  • America's largest independent practices by number of spine surgeons
  • Could Medtronic's spine business be the next medtech spinoff?
  • 41 'rising stars' in orthopedics
  • Idaho orthopedic surgeon arrested for alleged misconduct at practice
  • Neurosurgeon's startup hits $1.2B valuation
  • Orthopedic surgeon indicted in $10M telemedicine fraud scheme
  • Orthopedic surgeon salaries in the 5 best, worst states for healthcare
  • New Jersey hospital must pay neurosurgeons $24.3M, appeals court rules
  • Good news, bad news for orthopedic surgeons: 6 observations
  • Why private equity is bettering orthopedics, 3 physician leaders say
  • Florida hospital patients say they were injured during surgeries. Now a physician faces 350 lawsuits.
  • Texas spine surgeon's $11M verdict being appealed
  • A Rutgers physician accused of 'ghost surgeries' will return — but with fewer responsibilities
  • Top orthopedic hospital in every state: US News
  • Rothman Orthopaedics to become national brand, but no 'aspirations to go beyond US'
  • Sports medicine physician fired amid misconduct allegations involving patients
  • Orthopedic surgeon asking for misconduct charges to be dropped
  • Unnecessary spine cases spur class action lawsuit
  • Colorado Supreme Court rejects hospital's bid to enforce $229K spine surgery bill
  • Jury finds neurosurgeon largely responsible for paralysis, awards $15.5M in damages
  • Dr. Jon Yoon performs NHL's 4th disc replacement in 7 months
  • May 2021 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

    May 2021 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

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    May 2021 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

    ON THE COVER

    Will disc replacement supersede spinal fusion? 8 spine surgeons weigh in
    On the back of two-year data comparing the M6-C cervical disc with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion published in The Spine Journal, eight surgeons discuss the future of total disc replacement in spine:

    Newsweek's top orthopedic hospitals in the US
    Newsweek ranked the best hospitals worldwide across five specialties in its "World's Best Specialized Hospitals 2021" list.

    16 of the largest orthopedic practices in the US
    Sixteen of the largest orthopedic practices in the U.S., ranked by the number of physicians on staff.

    Spine surgery in 2030 — 6 surgeon predictions
    From the rise of robots to the use of big data and a move away from hospital-owned practices, changes in the field of spine surgery will be very evident by 2030, six spine surgeons predict.

    5 updates on Elon Musk's surgical robot
    Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is developing the Neuralink surgical robot that will be used for neuroscience.

    4 key questions on the future of spine surgery at ASCs
    Four spine leaders answer four questions on how spine surgery will develop at ASCs:

    Spine, total joint bundles lead to cost savings of 10.7%, study finds
    When cost-sharing is waived for patients using bundled payment programs for spinal fusion and total joint replacement, surgery costs can decrease by an average of $4,229, or 10.7 percent, according to a study by nonprofit organization Rand Corp.

    2 more spine surgeons sentenced for roles in $40M kickback scheme
    Two more spine surgeons received prison sentences March 18 for their roles in a $40 million kickback scheme at the now-defunct physician-owned Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas, according to The Dallas Morning News.

    Why endoscopic spine surgery in the US lags behind Europe, Asia
    Endoscopic spine surgery is growing in popularity among surgeons in the U.S., but lags growth in Asia and Europe. Reimbursement shackles and a lack of training are two big hurdles affecting its adoption.

    SPINE SURGEONS

    4 key questions on the future of spine surgery at ASCs
    Four spine leaders answer four questions on how spine surgery will develop at ASCs:

    Neurosurgeon's license restricted over unnecessary spine surgery allegations: 4 details
    Washington state health officials restricted the license of a Spokane-based neurosurgeon after he was accused of performing spine surgeries that weren't medically necessary, according to a report from The Spokesman-Review.

    Spine, total joint bundles lead to cost savings of 10.7%, study finds
    When cost-sharing is waived for patients using bundled payment programs for spinal fusion and total joint replacement, surgery costs can decrease by an average of $4,229, or 10.7 percent, according to a study by nonprofit organization Rand Corp.

    Cedars-Sinai names Dr. David Skaggs as co-director of spine center
    Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai has appointed David Skaggs, MD, co-director of its spine center, director of the pediatrics program and executive vice chair of the department of orthopedics.

    Dr. John Peloza to return to The Steadman Clinic
    John Peloza, MD, is returning to Vail, Colo.-based The Steadman Clinic after spending several decades developing his own practice in Dallas.

    PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

    Spine care delivery will look very different in 5 years: 10 surgeon insights
    From multidisciplinary spine centers to the continued growth of telehealth and rapid migration to the outpatient setting, 10 surgeons outline how spine care delivery will evolve in the next five years.

    'A true paradigm shift': 6 surgeons on endoscopic spine surgery
    Endoscopic spine surgery offers many benefits over traditional spinal fusion, including shorter operative times, less bleeding and quicker recovery times.

    How 9 spine surgeons keep their skill sets sharp: Drs. Robert Bray Jr., Neel Shah & more
    From pursuing learning opportunities to discussions with colleagues and continuing to practice your craft, nine spine surgeons share how they maintain their skill sets.

    Key considerations for adding spine procedures: 2 surgeons weigh in
    From surgical benefits to payer challenges and implementation protocols, two spine surgeons outline key considerations for adding a new spine procedure:

    Downsides to robots + 2 other thoughts on spine tech from Dr. Stephen Hochschuler
    Stephen Hochschuler, MD, co-founder and chair emeritus of Plano-based Texas Back Institute, talked about spine innovations, technology and private practice on the "Becker's Healthcare Spine and Orthopedic Podcast."

    DEVICES & IMPLANTS

    Former NuVasive CEO to exit board
    Gregory Lucier will retire from the company's board of directors May 18.

    Camber Spine introduces portfolio for OLIF technique
    Devicemaker Camber Spine has launched a set of devices and tools that surgeons can use to perform oblique lateral interbody fusion.

    Missouri hospital debuts 7D surgical system for spine
    Kansas City, Mo.-based St. Joseph Medical Center debuted the 7D Surgical Flash navigation system.

    GE Healthcare imaging system cleared for spine, total joint surgery
    The FDA has provided clearance for GE Healthcare's OEC 3D surgical imaging system for spine surgery and joint replacement.

    Alphatec launches posterior fixation system for whole spine
    Medical device company Alphatec Holdings launched the InVictus Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic Spinal Fixation System.

    ASC

    Largest health insurers by state
    Nearly 11.5 million people purchased health insurance in 2020 through a state marketplace, also known as individual health insurance, according to ValuePenguin, a resource for consumer financial decisions.

    160-physician orthopedic group streamlines surgical scheduling with new platform
    The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics in Bethesda, Md., is installing a Surgimate Practice platform to facilitate surgical scheduling across its 28 divisions in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

    20 states that spend the most, least on Medicaid: WalletHub
    WalletHub released its "2021's States with the Most and Least Medicaid Coverage" list March 15, analyzing Medicaid coverage and spending across the U.S.

    Northern Arizona Healthcare program designated Orthopedic and Spine Institute
    The orthopedics program at Flagstaff-based Northern Arizona Healthcare has been designated as an Orthopedic and Spine Institute, two years after its inception, the Arizona Daily Sun reported Feb. 22.

    Surgeries should be delayed 7 weeks after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, study suggests
    Patients who have COVID-19 should delay getting a surgical procedure at least seven weeks because of increased postoperative death rates, according to a study published March 9 in Anesthesia.

    HEALTHCARE NEWS

    Spectrum Health ends probe of insensitive Instagram posts, takes 'corrective action'
    Spectrum Health said it has concluded its investigation and taken "corrective action" after photos taken in operating rooms accompanied by insensitive comments were posted to an Instagram account linked to 35 medical residents at the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based system.

    54% of providers changed contactless payment strategy amid the pandemic
    The pandemic forced healthcare providers to modernize their revenue cycle practices and offer more digital options, and patients want that trend to remain, according to survey results released March 23 by InstaMed, J.P. Morgan's healthcare billing and payment company.

    5 states with the highest medical malpractice payouts
    Texas is the state with the lowest medical malpractice award payout amount per capita, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website.

    USC to pay $1.1B settlement over physician sex abuse scandal
    The University of Southern California in Los Angeles agreed to pay $1.1 billion to hundreds of patients who filed class-action lawsuits accusing a former student health gynecologist of repeated sexual abuse, according to The New York Times.

    Tennessee hospital abruptly closes
    Jellico (Tenn.) Medical Center closed March 1, days after the city council voted to send a contract termination notice to the hospital's operator, Rennova Health, according to TV station WBIR.

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