Current Issue of Becker's Spine Review

By  Natalie Leoni | Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00
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November/December 2017 Issue of Becker's Spine Review





The Next 5 Years in the Spinal Fusion Arena
Seven spine surgeons discuss future spine fusion trends. Click to Continue >>


Dr. Alexander Vaccaro: 2 Big Concerns and the Best Opportunity for Spine Surgeons 
As president of Philadelphia-based Rothman Institute, Alexander Vaccaro, MD, is responsible for a network of practices including around 200 physicians and surgeons providing orthopedic and spine care. Click to Continue >>

91.6% of Spine Surgeons Have Financial Ties to Industry: 5 Things to Know
A new study published in Spine examined the relationship between spine surgeons and industry. Click to Continue >>


Sacroplasty: A Treatment for Pathological Sacral Fractures
Dublin-based Medtronic has announced the FDA 510(k) approval of its Kyphon Xpede Bone Cement, a product to treat sacral fractures through minimally invasive operations. Click to Continue >>



Fired Swedish Health Neurosurgeon Receives $17.5M Award in Wrongful Termination Suit
An arbitrator awarded former Seattle-based Swedish Health neurosurgeon David Newell, MD, millions of dollars in connection with his firing last year, which he contends was due to questioning the practices of a colleague; the health system disagrees, according to the Seattle Times. Click to Continue >>

Economics of Outpatient Surgery; Mergers & More — 7 Key Notes
Here are seven key stories on outpatient spine trends and news. Click to Continue >>


6 Key Trends in Spine Surgery Malpractice Litigation — Average Settlement is $1.9M
A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines malpractice litigation after spine surgery. Click to Continue >>


The Devaluing of Spine Surgery — Dr. William Watters on 3 New Trends
William Watters, MD, professor at the Clinical Orthopedic Surgery Institute of Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital and a clinical professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, discusses the biggest challenges and opportunities for spine surgeons today. Click to Continue >>


Spinal Biologics, Regeneration and Minimally Invasive Surgery: Dr. Mick Perez-Cruet on how Spine Treatment is Evolving
Mick Perez-Cruet, MD, is the chief of minimally invasive spine surgery at Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak, Mich., and a neurosurgeon at Michigan Head & Spine Institute in Southfield. Click to Continue >>


14 Spine Surgeons & Neurosurgeons on the Move in September 2017
Here are 14 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons that joined new organizations, moved locations or received promotions in September 2017. Click to Continue >>


Dr. Alexios Apazidis Performs NY Surgery Center’s 1st SpineFrontier Discectomy & Fusion: 5 Key Points
Alexios Apazidis, MD, performed a discectomy and fusion with SpineFrontier's A-CIFT SoloFuse. Click to Continue >>



7 Orthopedic Practices Merge to Form Orthopedic Centers of Colorado
Seven Colorado-based orthopedic practices, comprised of 56 orthopedic surgeons, are coming together to create a super-group: Orthopedic Centers of Colorado. Click to Continue >>


Telemedicine Saves Health Systems $24 Per Patient: 5 Things to Know
A new study from Nemours Children's Health System suggests each sports medicine-related telemedicine visit saves health systems $24 per patients. Click to Continue >>


The Most Common Financial Errors Independent Surgeons Make
Seven spine surgeons offer advice on avoiding financial missteps in both professional and personal spheres. Click to continue >>


NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Expands Orthopedic Services: 5 Points
NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville expanded its orthopedic services through collaboration with the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Click to Continue >>


Concussions, Biologics & Youth Athletics — What Drs. Bert Mandelbaum, Steve Jordan & Luga Podesta Would Do to Fix the Biggest Problem in Sports Medicine
The sports medicine arena is growing to accommodate the young athletics market, which Time reports is swelling into a $15 billion industry. This industry growth leads to magnified problems, forcing orthopedic surgeons to adapt to the many forces at play. Click to Continue >>


Total Hip Replacement RVUs: 6 Key Points
A new study in the Journal of Arthroplasty examined the RVUs for primary and revision total hip replacement to distinguish the cost difference between surgeons on an annual basis. Click to Continue >>


4 Spine Surgeons on Biggest Challenges to Running Their Business
Four spine surgeons weigh in on the non-patient issues that pose a challenge. Click to Continue >>


Linking a Brand With Fan Loyalty — The Business of Sports Marketing
Companies from around the world continue to eye sports teams as profitable business partners. Through strategic sports marketing campaigns, businesses have the potential to enhance their brands and solidify customer loyalty. Click to Continue >>



30 Minimally Invasive Spine Products to Know 2017 | Sponsored by Allen
Minimally invasive spine surgery is becoming more common as technological advancements in surgical procedures and pain management make less invasive surgery safer and more effective than traditional open procedures. Click to Continue >>


Federal Judge Rejects Former Sales Rep’s Suit Against Zimmer Biomet Over Firing After Testimony Against Surgeon: 5 Key Notes
Zimmer Biomet is off the hook for now after a federal jury rejected a former sales rep's claim he was wrongfully terminated for raising concerns about an orthopedic surgeon customer's practices, according to a report in The Morning Call. Click to Continue >>


Medtronic to Study Infuse In PLF, TLIF Spine Surgeries in New Pilot Trials: 5 Things to Know
Medtronic launched new long-term clinical studies to collect prospective data on posterolateral fusion and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedures using Infuse Bone Graft. Click to Continue >>


Global Spine Devices Market to Soar to $8.4B By 2022 — 9 Observations
The spine devices global market is set to grow at a 7.1 percent compound annual growth rate between 2017 and 2022, according to Fact.MR. Click to Continue >>


Centinel Spine to Acquire DePuy Synthes’ ProDisc Total Disc Replacement Portfolio
Centinel Spine entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire the ProDisc Total Disc Replacement portfolio from DePuy Synthes and expects to close the purchase in November. Click to Continue >>


TLIF Transformation: How NuVasive’s Technology Takes the Procedure to the Next Level
William Hunter, MD, a neurosurgeon at The Spine Clinic at Neuroscience and Spine Center of the Carolinas, discusses transforaminal lumbar interbody fusions and how NuVasive's MAS TLIF 2, TLX, Reline and iGA platforms coupled with the NuvaMap have advanced the procedure. Click to Continue >>


The Anand Spine Group 1 of 30 spine centers participating in Premia Spine's TOPS System study — 5 highlights
Los Angeles-based The Anand Spine Group will study Premia Spine's TOPS System in a FDA Investigational Device Exemption study. Click to Continue >>


NuVasive Files Complaint Against Former Board Member who Resigned for Alphatec Post: 7 Things to Know
NuVasive filed a lawsuit against former President, COO and Vice Chairman Patrick Miles for breach of fiduciary duties and contract violation after the executive resigned from the company to become Alphatec's executive chairman. Click to Continue >>


Alphatec, Patrick Miles File Complaint Against NuVasive in Ongoing Dispute
Alphatec Spine and Patrick Miles filed a complaint against NuVasive in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, citing unfair competition and breach of contract, among other issues. Click to Continue >>



Which ASC Company Has Grown the Most in 2017?
ASC companies are continuing to expand, acquiring centers and partnering with physicians on de novo ASCs. Click to Continue >>


Anthem Policy Drives Outpatient Imaging Services Out of Hospital-Owned Facilities; Will Other Services Follow?
A new Anthem policy that took effect July 1 for local plan members in Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin drives patients who need outpatient imaging services to freestanding facilities. Click to Continue >>


Common ASC Coding Errors: Orthopedics, Gastroenterology and Ophthalmology
There are complex areas of coding in all ASC specialties which may lead to errors. Click to Continue >>



Feds Charge Former Tenet Executives in $400M Fraud Case
The U.S. Department of Justice has brought new charges against two former executives of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare and the ex-CEO of a prenatal clinic who were allegedly involved in a $400 million fraud scheme. Click to Continue >>


5 Denver Health Nurses Suspended After Inappropriately Viewing Deceased Patient’s Body
Denver Health placed five nurses on investigatory leave for inappropriately viewing and discussing a patient's body last April, the system confirmed in an emailed statement to Becker's Hospital Review. Click to Continue >>


Tenet CEO to Exit With $22.9M in Severance Pay
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare's longtime CEO Trevor Fetter is set to receive a $22.9 million severance package when the company secures a new leader. Click to Continue >>


California Hospital Files for Bankruptcy After Missing Payroll
Tulare (Calif.) Regional Medical Center, a 112-bed hospital managed by Tulare-based HealthCare Conglomerate Associates, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy Saturday. Click to Continue >>


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