December 19, 2023

1. Spine surgeons' next payer battle Full story

2. 55 ASCs opened by hospitals, health systems in 2023 Full story

3. 4 medtech transactions shaping spine, orthopedics in Q4 Full story

4. Bayhealth orthopedic surgeon dies at 49 Full story

5. Lumbar total disc replacement (TDR) significantly reduces opioid use in patients with chronic back pain. Read more here.


6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has orthopedic surgery at UCLA Medical Center Full story

7. 2 recent orthopedic surgeon suspensions Full story

8. Montrose Regional Health to debut spine and pain center Full story

9. 40+ spine surgeons performing artificial disc replacement | 2023 Full story

10. Becker's Healthcare brings top leaders together to exchange ideas and further conversations about the most critical issues in U.S. healthcare. Learn more about Becker's ties to executive decision-makers by viewing our 21st Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management Conference Prospectus here.


11. 10 must-read spine, orthopedic Q&As of 2023 Full story

12. Respondents in this Becker's-NextGen survey are putting off value-based care for 3 key reasons. But 1 expert says there are untapped opportunities — learn more here.

13. Learning Opportunity: Facet replacement may pave the way for cost savings to Medicare and commercial payers over fusion. Learn about the economics here.

14. Learning Opportunity: EDs are making simple changes to improve care & cost for cardiac patients. Learn how here

15. Learning Opportunity: This Kansas system boosted block utilization 11% in less than 1 year. See how the system unlocked more surgical capacity here.


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