Past Issues

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September/October 2018 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

Neurosurgeon compensation hits $662K on average: 15 statistics from Doximity ; Florida spine surgeon sentenced to life in prison after woman’s drug overdose: 5 key notes; The 2 adverse events spine surgeons consider acceptable after ACDF; Blood, bone & bug found on spine surgery instruments at Denver hospital: 5 things to know; Dr. Christopher Shaffrey leaves U of Virginia School of Medicine to head Duke’s spine division; Tennessee health system files for bankruptcy, says it owes CHS $28M; Top 10 neurological surgery residency programs — UCSF is No. 1; Top 25 hospitals for neurology & neurosurgery: US News & World Report; How active hinge tables can lead to better spine surgery outcomes; The reimbursement issues keeping spine surgeons up at night; Jury awards $8.2M in patent infringement suit against DePuy Synthes: 5 things to know; Neurosurgeon sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for hiding assets during bankruptcy: 5 things to know; Amazon enters the spine market, now sells screw removal kit online: 5 things to know; Viscogliosi Brothers to purchase Bioventus’ BMP development program: 5 insights; J&J opens 3rd institute in China as Trump threatens new tariffs: 5 insights; Orthopedic surgery tops specialties for industry payments at $258M; Zimmer Biomet to terminate exclusive distribution agreement with BoneSupport: 5 things to know; How can device companies achieve 20% growth annually? A diverse portfolio, new technology & strategic partnerships promote success.; Zimmer Biomet names 2 industry veterans to board of directors — 4 things to know; K2M generates $73.6M in Q2 revenue: 5 financial report details; Spine surgery percentage in ASCs jumped 10% over the past year — Here’s expected growth for the next 12 months; Nonprofit hospital executive pay increased 93% in a decade — Orthopedic surgeon pay did not; Medtronic forms strategic partnership with Twin Cities Orthopedics spinoff: 3 takeaways; Titan Spine welcomes Synaptive Medical CEO to board: 5 highlights; Stryker names Timothy Scannell president & COO: 3 things to know; Life Spine launches new pedicle spine system: 5 things to know; 5 key trends in cost & scalability of 3D-printed orthopedic technology; NuVasive to launch new spine device: 5 takeaways; Stryker reports $3.3B in Q2 sales: 6 things to know; 1st FDA-cleared nanotextured PEEK spinal implant may improve outcomes; Why PEEKplus nanotexturing may improve spinal implant performance: Q&A with Dr. Eric Woodard; Texas hospital lays off 40% of administrative staff amid financial troubles; 8 spine surgeon predictions on the healthcare market: consumerism, reimbursement, big data & more; The best opportunities for spinal biologics and practice improvement today: Q&A with Dr. Jeffrey Wang; Colorado hospital ends relationship with Vail Summit Orthopaedics: 5 highlights; 8 surgeons involved in $950M ‘Operation Spinal Cap’ kickback scheme: 7 things to know; Stark Law under the spotlight as CMS seeks to ease self-referral regulatory burden, MedPAC cracks down on PODs; Crystal Clinic faces backlash from residents over $100M clinic proposal: 4 takeaways; 2 orthopedic practices under HHS investigations for recent security breaches; Northern Arizona Orthopaedics partners with HOPCo, connects with The CORE Institute: 4 key notes; 4 erros in 4 weeks: Rhode Island Hospital to commit $1M to quality improvement efforts; Monterey Spine & Joint performs 600th bundled payment surgery: 5 highlights; 10 things to know about Orthofix; MD Anderson slapped with $4.3M penalty for HIPAA violations; New technology, ancient origins: How Epic, Cerner & more got their names; CMS releases proposed physician payment rule for 2019: 5 things to know; Healthcare CEO gets prison time for role in $19.4M kickback scheme; Patient too large for MRI machine sues Oregon hospital for $7M; Medtronic Q1 2019 revenue flat at $7.3B, CEO Omar Ishrak ‘bullish’ on competitive opportunities: 5 things to know; CMS reviewing same-day spine cases for beneficiaries — 4 insights; Orthofix Q2 sales spike 2.4% to $111.5M: 5 observations; Will hospitals become obsolete? Dr. Richard Wohns explains the future of spine surgery. Click here to download a PDF version of this issue.


July/August 2018 Issue of Becker's Spine Review 

20 minimally invasive spine products to know | 2018; How to grow a successful independent spine practice; 7 spine device company powerhouses: What are they up to in 2018?; DISC Sports & Spine Center creates bundled payment with Global One, Blue Shield to offer — 5 things to know; 4 spine surgeons make predictions on the future of minimally invasive spinal fusion; AANS appoints 1st female neurosurgeon president: 4 highlights; Dr. James Sanfilippo performs the most spinal fusions in New Jersey, highest successful discharge rate; Spine surgeon collected $847K from Medicare after surrendering license — And he’s not alone: 5 things to know; Jury awards $4.5M over misplaced pedicle screw during spine surgery: 5 things to know;Alaska neurosurgeon embroiled in photo lawsuit settles a spine malpractice case —5 things to know; Jury sides with spine surgeon in case of off-label use of Medtronic’s Infuse: 6 things to know; Top New York spine surgeon leaves to join North Carolina program: 5 notes; Porter Adventist spine surgeon halts surgery mid-procedure due to contaminated tools: 5 insights; DISC Sports & Spine Center creates bundled payment with Global One, Blue Shield to offer in-network services — 5 things to know; Regent, 14 physicians unveil new total joint, spine ASC — 5 things to know; The Orthopaedic Institute appoints new CEO, CFO & COO; Orthopedic surgeon charged with murder of Stryker sales rep in South Carolina: 5 things to know; Rothman Institute, Independence Blue Cross partner to expand bundled payments: 4 insights; Orthopedic surgeon salary in the UK, Canada & Australia; How to grow a successful independent spine practice: 4 key questions; Memorial Health lays off 85 employees with push toward spine, joint focus: 3 takeaways; Dr. James Andrews ranks as No. 7 richest physician in the world;Dr. Richard Rothman retires from surgery at 81, but still plans on a 60-hour work week — 3 insights; ISASS contracts with AAOS management services program: 4 key points; 20 minimally invasive spine products to know | 2018; The future of spine technology: 13 surgeon predictions; 7 spine device company powerhouses: What are they up to in 2018?; NuVasive Precise Stryde System used in 1st patient: 5 highlights; Medtronic launches 3D printing platform for titanium spinal implants: 4 insights; The key to successful spine cases in an ASC + key trends in outpatient spine; 3 things to know about Xenco Medical’s SETx Technology; Here are the top 26 outpatient procedures – No. 1 topped the list by a landslide; Study finds fewer adverse events after treatment at ASCs vs. HOPDs — 6 takeaways; Why outpatient spine centers can have lower infection rates than hospitals; Houston Pain and Spine Hospital unexpectedly closes, lays off 63 people — 5 things to know; CMS publishes procedural coding changes — 392 new codes for 2019; NCamber Spine receives FDA clearance for titanium ALIF device: 3 insights; GNS Surgery Center installs robot for spine surgery — Among 1st ASC of many?; NueHealth, Rothman Institute, Jefferson Health joint venture plans to reopen ASC, double case volume to 4K — 6 highlights; 3 ASCs, Cigna settle alleged ERISA violation suit; Spine surgeon Dr. Johnny Benjamin found guilty, faces possibility of life in prison; Camber Spine receives FDA clearance for titanium ALIF device: 3 insights;Nurse awarded $28M in retaliation suit against Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Vanderbilt University Medical Center points to Epic rollout for 60% drop in operating income; New York Hospital reportedly pays CEO $660K to ‘disappear’; Physicians: Is CHS ‘a slow-motion train wreck?’; New York City physician sues former patient for $1M over negative Yelp review; Nurse accused of stealing more than $550K from New York hospital; University Hospitals launches bundled payment program with Walmart; Texas hospital closes, allegedly owes Cigna and Aetna $43M; 23-hospital system enters $14M settlement with feds over improper physician payments. Click here to download a PDF version of this issue.

May / June 2018 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

Fugitive spine surgeon’s fellow surgeons speak out about working alongside him: 5 insights; ‘Bone loves titanium’: Dr. Kade Huntsman on surface technology and the future of spine surgery; 9 spine surgeons discuss their favorite MIS technology; Why spinal implant surface technology makes a difference: 2 key thoughts from Dr. Raphael Rey Roybal; 15 insights into MIS spine — Market analysis, strong vendors & surgeon predictions; Spinal biologics — Will evidence support it? Key thoughts from Drs. D. Greg Anderson, Scott Blumenthal & William Tally; Orthopedic spine vs. neurospine surgeons: Which do patients prefer?; Biggest spine industry change? Reimbursement — Dr. John Peloza explains spine trends, challenges & opportunities; Dr. Odette Harris becomes 1st female African-American neurosurgery professor at Stanford: 5 insights; The 3 aspects of spine surgery expected to gain ground from Dr. D. Greg Anderson; The evolution of endoscopic spine surgery — Key thoughts from Dr. Anthony Yeung; Top 5 best-compensated medical specialties: Neurosurgery is No. 1; The future of total disc replacement technology, spinal disc regeneration: Key thoughts from Dr. Scott Blumenthal; Alaska neurosurgeon sued after photographing patient’s genitals during spine surgery — 5 insights; Former Swedish Neuroscience Institute Chair Dr. Johnny Delashaw claims conspiracy — 5 things to know; Chronic opioid users have 33% relative increase in likelihood of repeat spinal fusion within 1 year — 8 takeaways; Judge orders former Mayfield Brain & Spine surgeon to halt practice after non-compete violation — 6 insights; ISASS names Belgian spine surgeon 2018-19 president: 5 key notes; There’s power in numbers – How private practice orthopedic surgeons can compete with hospitals, health systems; VA fails to complete nationwide license review after hiring neurosurgeon with revoked license, malpractice allegations — 5 insights; Burnout among orthopedic surgeons remains high: 5 things to know; Jury finds anesthesiologist, North Star Anesthesia liable in man’s death — Awards family $1M; Envision sues UnitedHealthcare over a bevy of payment issues — 8 insights; 2018 Main Residency Match: Who matched into the most competitive specialties?; Pain physician charged in fraud scheme, ordered to pay $8.7M — 6 insights; ‘An unprecedented amount of confusion’ — Orthopedic society criticizes CMS for TKA final rule; Ortho Rhode Island surgeon spearheading initiatives to combat opioid epidemic: 5 highlights; Dr. Salomon Melgen gets 17 years in prison for defrauding Medicare at least $73M: 6 insights; NJ pain specialist allegedly orchestrated $4.4M kickback scheme — 4 insights; Washington physicians develop website to determine spine surgery success rate: 5 takeaways; 5 reasons why orthopedic practices, ASCs are ripe for private equity investment; Congress questions Joint Commission accreditation process — 7 insights; Atrium Health countersues anesthesia group over contract dispute: 4 things to know; The Joint Commission finalizes total hip and knee replacement performance measures — 5 insights; Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center to compete with $50M orthopedic hospital: 5 things to know; Self-employed orthopedists earn $38k more than employed: 8 statistics; 36 spine & orthopedic device companies to know; Johnson & Johnson jumps into orthopedic robotics, looks ahead to biologics: 5 key quotes from Q1 earnings call; 12 spine, orthopedic device companies with the top funding rounds; Orthofix acquires Spinal Kinetics for about $105M: 6 things to know; Life Spine highlights advancements to its micro-invasive solutions — 4 highlights; Top 3 global surgical robotics companies for the spine market; CEO compensation for 8 spine, orthopedic device companies; Smith & Nephew launch platform to engage patients, track surgical outcomes: 4 key points; Zimmer Biomet vs. Amedica — Which company reported $7.82B in gross revenues?; 4 spine surgeons predictions for minimally invasive spinal fusion; Spine surgeon Dr. Johnny Benjamin found guilty, faces possibility of life in prison; Orthofix reports 5.8% Q1 net sales increase, completes Spinal Kinetics acquisition: 5 key notes; 5 things to know about Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak; 14 top global spinal implants market players; Alphatec acquires neuromonitoring technology provider for $18M+: 5 things to know; O-arm vs. robotic guidance vs. freehand for pedicle screw placement: Which is most accurate? 5 findings; Johnson & Johnson acquires robotic systems developer Orthotaxy: 5 things to know; Alphatec names Patrick Miles CEO, adds new board members; Medtronic faces criticism for alleged delayed response in cybersecurity issue: 5 things to know; 5 spine surgeons on the future of implant technology & material; 5 things to know about Xenco Medical CEO Jason Haider; Paradigm Spine boosts leadership with 4 appointments — 6 takeaways; DePuy Synthes Q1 sales up 1.1%, spine drops 8.9% after Codman divestiture: 5 points; Smith & Nephew selects Texas for $29M expansion project: 5 insights; SeaSpine expands Ventura NanoMetalene implant: 4 notes; Stryker finalizes $662M Entellus Medical acquisition: 4 highlights; Spineology receives notice of allowance for PEEK, titanium & graft containment mesh implant system: 4 highlights; 15 orthopedic, spine device companies that may be affected by Trump’s 25% tariff proposal; NuVasive’s Porous PEEK material yields positive results after impaction: 5 insights; 10 of the biggest orthopedic device company acquisitions in the past year; NuVasive introduces ALIF retractor for lateral, supine approaches: 5 insights; Top 10 orthopedic companies by market share — and where they’ll be in 2022; Medtronic continues to push outcome-based contracts: 5 things to know; Stryker Group President to retire, ending 30-year career: 5 highlights; K2M names new COO: 5 things to know about Lane Major; Meet Smith & Nephew’s new CEO Namal Nawana — 4 things to know; Stryker employee admits to accepting $75k bribe to secure contract: 5 things to know; Titanium or PEEK?: 4 trends in spinal fusion implant material selection; Ambulatory Surgery Center Association ‘sharply rebukes’ Kaiser Health News, USA Today for report on surgery centers: 6 things to know; ACDF outpatient surgery costs significantly lower than inpatient: 3 key points; In defense of ASCs — Key thoughts from ASCA CEO William Prentice; Riverside Regional Surgery Center owner, 3 others charged in $8M healthcare fraud scheme: 5 things to know; ASC market share in top 50 largest US markets jumped 10% in 1 year — Here’s why; New York health system eliminating outpatient surgery due to freestanding surgery center proliferation — 5 insights; Dr. Mark Giovanini performs his 1st spine surgery with coflex in an ASC; US News ranks ‘Best Medical Schools 2019’; Florida man upset over 2-hour ED wait steals ambulance to drive home; Ascension Michigan lays off 500 hospital workers: 6 things to know; Job-related dispute led to shooting at Alabama hospital: 6 things to know; Nurse charged with murder of patient who died gasping for air as staff laughed; Anesthesiology group launches ad campaign decrying Atrium Health’s decision to switch providers; Tenet continues hospital sell-off spree with deals in Illinois, Texas; A Walmart-Humana giant scares hospitals: 5 reasons why; US News names 36 places to first-ever community health honor roll; Uber launches ‘Uber Health’ to transport patients to physicians’ offices; 18k Kaiser nurses vote for option to strike at California facilities; Penn State Hershey drops 2,100 neurology patients; Feds launch investigation into Tenet’s Detroit Medical Center: 7 things to know; Woman receives $12k bill after 2-hour ER visit for bee sting. 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March / April  2018 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

19 Spine, Orthopedic Device Companies to Impact the Industry in 2018; Dr. Paul Slosar's 3 KeyTrends for Spine Surgery in 2018; The Growth of Outpatient Spine, Spine and ASCs; Orthopedic Spine Surgeon vs. Neurosurgeon Salary – Does Location Matter?; Major Breakthroughs in Spinal Biologics, Disc Regeneration on the Horizon: 3 Key Thoughts From Dr. William Watters; Dr. Tom Price to Advise Jackson Healthcare on Board: 5 Things to Know; The 5-Year Plan for Texas Back Institute’s Growth: Q&A With Newly Elected President Dr. Isador Lieberman; Stryker Sees $12.4B Net Sales in 2017; Neurotechnology, Spine Sales Reach $2.2B — 9 Highlights; 10 States With The Highest Average Orthopedic Case Volume Per ASC; Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway Launch New Healthcare Company: 6 Things to Know; Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.

January / February 2018 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

50 Spine Surgeon Predictions for 2018;8 Bundled Payment Considerations for Spine Surgeons + 5 Strategies to Prepare for the Future;CMS Cancels Hip Fracture, Cardiac Bundles and Finalizes CJR Model: 5 Things to Know;The Evidence-Based Medicine Behind Vertebral Augmentation: Changing the Discussion Post-2009;Who is Mazor Robotics’ Biggest Competitor in the Spine Market?;17 Observations on Total Joint and Spine Procedures at ASCs; Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.


November/ December 2017 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

The Next 5 Years in the Spinal Fusion Arena;Dr. Alexander Vaccaro: 2 Big Concerns and the Best Opportunity for Spine Surgeons ;91.6% of Spine Surgeons Have Financial Ties to Industry: 5 Things to Know;Sacroplasty: A Treatment for Pathological Sacral Fractures;
Fired Swedish Health Neurosurgeon Receives $17.5M Award in Wrongful Termination Suit;Economics of Outpatient Surgery; Mergers & More — 7 Key Notes;6 Key Trends in Spine Surgery Malpractice Litigation — Average Settlement is $1.9M; The Devaluing of Spine Surgery — Dr. William Watters on 3 New Trends;Spinal Biologics, Regeneration and Minimally Invasive Surgery: Dr. Mick Perez-Cruet on how Spine Treatment is Evolving;14 Spine Surgeons & Neurosurgeons on the Move in September 2017;Dr. Alexios Apazidis Performs NY Surgery Center’s 1st SpineFrontier Discectomy & Fusion: 5 Key Points;7 Orthopedic Practices Merge to Form Orthopedic Centers of Colorado;Telemedicine Saves Health Systems $24 Per Patient: 5 Things to Know;The Most Common Financial Errors Independent Surgeons Make;NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Expands Orthopedic Services: 5 Points;Concussions, Biologics & Youth Athletics — What Drs. Bert Mandelbaum, Steve Jordan & Luga Podesta Would Do to Fix the Biggest Problem in Sports Medicine;Total Hip Replacement RVUs: 6 Key Points;4 Spine Surgeons on Biggest Challenges to Running Their Business;Linking a Brand With Fan Loyalty — The Business of Sports Marketing;30 Minimally Invasive Spine Products to Know 2017 | Sponsored by Allen;Federal Judge Rejects Former Sales Rep’s Suit Against Zimmer Biomet Over Firing After Testimony Against Surgeon: 5 Key Notes;Medtronic to Study Infuse In PLF, TLIF Spine Surgeries in New Pilot Trials: 5 Things to Know;Global Spine Devices Market to Soar to $8.4B By 2022 — 9 Observations;Centinel Spine to Acquire DePuy Synthes’ ProDisc Total Disc Replacement Portfolio;TLIF Transformation: How NuVasive’s Technology Takes the Procedure to the Next Level;The Anand Spine Group 1 of 30 spine centers participating in Premia Spine's TOPS System study — 5 highlights;NuVasive Files Complaint Against Former Board Member who Resigned for Alphatec Post: 7 Things to Know;Alphatec, Patrick Miles File Complaint Against NuVasive in Ongoing Dispute;Which ASC Company Has Grown the Most in 2017?;Anthem Policy Drives Outpatient Imaging Services Out of Hospital-Owned Facilities; Will Other Services Follow?;Common ASC Coding Errors: Orthopedics, Gastroenterology and Ophthalmology;Feds Charge Former Tenet Executives in $400M Fraud Case;5 Denver Health Nurses Suspended After Inappropriately Viewing Deceased Patient’s Body;Tenet CEO to Exit With $22.9M in Severance Pay;California Hospital Files for Bankruptcy After Missing Payroll; Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.

September 2017 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

8 Trends in Spine, Orthopedics and ASCs over the Next 5 Years; Rothman Institute Merges with Trenton Orthopaedic Group: 4 Key Points; Zimmer Biomet CEO David Dvorak Exits After 10 Years; American Spine Center’s Dr. Atif Malik Will Receive 2 Trials for Kickback, Tax Crime Accusations — 8 Key Points; The Most Exciting Opportunities in Outpatient Spine; The Future of Spine Biologics — Where 4 Spine Surgeons See it Heading; The Essential Traits of Successful Spine Surgeon Leaders; Oregon Jury Awards $4.5M after Failed Spine Surgery Affects Patient’s ‘Love Life’: 5 Things to Know; How Dr. Michael Vitale is Changing Treatment for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis; 6 Biggest Revenue Cycle Challenges in 2017 for Spine, Orthopedic Surgeons; CMS Proposes 1.9% Increase in 2018 ASC Pay, Adding Total Joint Replacements — 5 Insights; Oklahoma Orthopedic Practice Pays for Billing Irregularities in $1.5M Settlement: 7 Things to Know; 3 Most Important Points on Physician Employment Contracts; What % of Orthopedic Surgery Patients Report Unused Opioids? 5 Points; Hospital for Special Surgery, Stamford Health Orthopedics Partnership Gaining Steam: 6 Insights; How Self-Funded Health Plans Boost Patient Satisfaction with Medical Innovation; 23 Cutting-Edge Spine Surgery Devices to Know | 2017; Under the Microscope: How Nano-Level Surface Technology Helps Improve Early Patient Outcomes and Surgeon Income in the New Incentivized Pay-for-Performance Era; How to Save OR Time and Cost Per Case While Performing Successful Spinal Fusions; Finally, A Single-Use, Sterile Packed ACDF Kit Simplified for OR Efficiency, Introducing the Zavation STERICERVTM Cervical Instruments Kit; Stryker Reports 6.1% Q2 Growth, Installs 26 Mako Systems: 7 Things to Know; No Fusion, No Problem — How Coflex is Changing the Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment Field; Medtronic, DePuy Synthes, Stryker & More: 45 Device Company Key Notes; NuVasive Loses COO, CFO and Promotes 3 Executives Amid Organizational Restructuring; How to Set Up Total Joint and Spine Programs at ASCs — And What to Expect From Insurers in 3-5 Years; Environmental Cleanliness in an Ambulatory Care Setting: 5 Things to Know; 5 Shifting Trends Affecting ASC, Physician Practice Valuation; Is Outpatient TJR the New Frontier for Orthopedics? 4 Surgeons Discuss; 37 Orthopedic and Spine Device Companies to Know; U.S. News: Top 20 Hospitals for Pediatric Orthopedics; ‘You Can Do Good And Do Well’ — DuPage CEO Michael Kasper on Transforming Healthcare; MD Anderson Eliminates EVP Roles. Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.


July/August 2017 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

ISASS Names Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein 2017 President; ISASS Names Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein 2017 President; Dr. Todd Lanman is a 2017 Healthcare Leadership Award Finalist: 5 Highlights; Dr. Andrew Moulton Receives HCA Humanitarian First Award; Dr. Thomas Schuler: Key Challenges for Spine Surgeons and How to Ensure Success in the Future; Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics to Launch Orthopedic, Spine Bundled Payments; Average Income for Top 20 Recruited Specialties: No. 1 Specialty Makes $579k; Net Revenue for 11 Common ASC Specialties — Orthopedics No. 1 with $3.1k per Case; How Many Orthopedic Physicians are Worth Over $5M?; Understanding the Science Behind the Hype; Spine & Total Joints in ASCs — Premier Orthopedic Surgery Center Administrator Weighs In; Laser Spine Institute Cleveland ASC Welcomes New Spine Surgeon: 5 Things to Know; 10 Orthopedic Device Company CEOs: Who is Paid the Most?; Johnson & Johnson, US Defense Dept. Reach $260M Deal on Orthopedic Devices — 4 Takeaways; Medtronic Emphasizes Spine Device Should Only be Used with Medtronic Instruments After 2 Deaths — 5 Things to Know; Medtronic to Pay Dr. Mark Barry $23.5M for 2 Spine Device Patent Infringements: 5 Things to Know; Hospitals Face Unprecedented Turnover, Attrition Rates: 4 Survey Findings; HCA to Change its Name — Again. Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.


May/June 2017 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

The Next 5 Years for Spine Surgery in ASCs: Key Thoughts from Dr. Frank Phillips; Bundled Payments in Spine: Big Trends from Dr. Stephen Hochschuler; 20 Things to Know about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; Dr. Todd Albert: 5 Key Thoughts on the Future of Orthopedics; Spinal Fusion Price in 30 Largest US Cities; Swedish-Cherry Hill Neuroscience Chair Dr. Johnny Delashaw Steps Down Amid Investigation; Spine Care Under the Trump Administration: What Can Surgeons Expect?; Performing OLLIF Instead of TLIF Could Save $2.7B per Year: 5 Key Notes; Private Practice in Spine Surgery: Key Challenges & Opportunities from Dr. Scott Blumenthal; How Spine ASCs Fit Into the Future of Healthcare: Key Thoughts from Dr. Anthony Yeung; How to Successfully Implement Price Transparency — 4 Insights; American College of Physicians Releases New Guidelines for Treating Low Back Pain: 5 Key Points; How Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons can Stay Independent: Key Opportunities from Dr. Brian Gantwerker; 5 Key Notes on Posterior Spinal Fusion for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: Is TLIF Necessary?; North American Vertebroplasty Market to Fall from $72M in 2016 to $29.4M by 2023 — 5 Observations; Johnson & Johnson, US Defense Dept. Reach $260M Deal on Orthopedic Devices — 4 Takeaways; 10 Things to Know About Medtronic; 5 Key Thoughts on Healthcare from Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky; 10 Things to Know About Stryker; 10 Things to Know About Zimmer Biomet; Gap Between Knee Implant Selling Price and Insurance Payment Tops $225M; Hip Implants Top $199M: 5 Key Notes; Medtronic Sells Medical Products Business for $6.1B — 6 Takeaways; DePuy Synthes Acquires 3-D Technology From Tissue Regeneration System — 5 Takeaways; Slight Drop in Q1 Johnson & Johnson Orthopedic Sales, Hitting $2.3B: 5 Key Notes; Mazor Robotics Brings in Record Year With $36.4M in 2016 Revenue — 16 Highlights; SpineGuard and Zavation’s DSG SmartScrew Offers 1-step Insertion — 6 Key Notes; 10 States With Highest Percentage of Medicare Beneficiaries; Lateral Lumbar Spinal Fusion for Adjacent Segment Disease: 5 Key Findings; Medacta Offers 4-step Program for Surgeons to Successfully Perform Outpatient Hip, Knee & Spine Surgery; Spineology’s Elite Expandable Interbody Fusion System Granted Expanded FDA Clearance — 5 Details; Do Overlapping Neurosurgeries Have Worse Outcomes? Not Always, According to New Study: 5 Key Notes; Best & Worst Patient Outcomes — Patients May Now Compare US Surgeons by Name; Physician Salaries: Which States’ Physicians Earn the Most & More — 5 Key Takeaways; No Smoking: Why Many Physicians Refuse to Operate on Smokers — 8 Takeaways; 15 Things to Know About Spine in ASCs; What Will it Take for Independent Practice to Survive & Thrive Today?; Why Rothman Institute Partnered With Northwell Health, and Where They Will Expand in the Future; 5 Milestones for Titan Spine's Endoskeleton With nanoLOCK Surface Technology; 5 Countries Prioritizing Stem Cell Treatments; 10 Best and Worst States for Physicians; Mayo Clinic to Give Preference to Privately Insured Over Medicaid, Medicare Patients; Cleveland Clinic’s Operating Income Plummets 71%; Key West Commissioner: CHS Hospital’s Profit Margin is ‘Obscene and Unconscionable’; Arizona Hospital Falls Into Bankruptcy Less Than 2 Years After Opening; Banner Health Issues Another Round of Layoffs as it Restructures Operations; 10 Largest US Health Systems: Which Had the Biggest Revenue Increase in 2016?; CMS Delays Major Bundled Payment Initiatives: 6 Things to Know; CHI Lays Off 459 Employees in Texas; How These 3 Trends Will Impact ASCs Moving Forward; Average PA Income by Specialty in 2016; 5 Health Systems With Strong Finances; Raising the Nation’s ‘Guts Quotient’ — 5 Thoughts on the Future of Healthcare from Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove; RAND Study: MACRA Could Cause $250B Drop in Hospital Medicare Revenue by 2030; Trump Appoints Nurse to Serve as Acting Surgeon General; Truven Names 15 Top Health Systems for 2017; 5 Key Statistics on US Companies' Healthcare Costs; 16 Financial and Operational Trends for ASCs; HCA to Change its Name — Again; 10 Things to Know About Healthcare Collections and Patient Financial Responsibility | 2017. Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.


March/April 2017 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

Dr. Tom Price is Your New HHS Secretary: 8 Things to Know; 5 Reasons Why Spine Care Will Boom in the Next Decade; Spine Care in 2017: 4 Spine Surgeons Make Predictions; Jury: Concurrent Spine Surgeries Did Not Cause Patient’s Paralysis; Behind Bars for Fraud: Neurosurgeon Dr. Aria Sabit Receives Nearly 20-Year Prison Sentence — 8 Key Insights; Is Geisinger’s Refund Program Working? One Year Later, Here are the Results; How Healthcare Will Change Under Trump — Injecting Standard Business Principles into Healthcare Delivery: Q&A with Dr. Craig Callewart; 7 Core Thoughts on Great Leadership; Zimmer Biomet Names New President, Americas: Robert Delp; Medtronic Plans to Sell Medical Supplies Unit, Bloomberg Reports: 6 Key Insights; FDA Reclassifies Pedicle Screws & Clarifies Dynamic Stabilization Systems; 5 Key Notes on MIS vs. Open Technologies for Lumbar Spinal Fusion; Hospital Employment vs. Private Practice — Orthopedic Surgeons Taking Note of Pros and Cons: 8 Observations; Booming M&A Activity Spurring ASC Market Growth: 4 Points; Key Thoughts on the Movement From Inpatient to Outpatient Care; Swedish-Cherry Hill Neuroscience Chair Dr. Johnny Delashaw Steps Down Amid Investigation; The CORE Institute, Banner Health Partner for New Outpatient Location in Phoenix Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.


January/February 2017 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

Trump Picks Price, Verma as Heads of HHS, CMS: 9 Things to Know; The Future of Spine and ASCs: 5 Trends to Watch; The Top-Performing Spine Surgeons Have These Qualities in Common; 26 Latest Statistics & Notes on Neurosurgeon Salary — Hourly, Annual & Regional Pay; 6 Spine Physicians Ranked #1 on Google - 2016; How 10 Spine Surgeons are Preparing Their Practice for a Donald Trump Presidency; The CORE Institute’s Condition-Based Bundles — A New Approach to Eliminating Waste; CHS Sells Controlling Interest in Home Health Business to Drive Down Debt; 10 Statistics on Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Compensation; Physician-Owned ASCs Drive Lumbar Spine Fusion Market Growth; Dr. James Weinstein to Retire as Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO in 2017; Value-Designated Spine Centers of Excellence Yield 19% Cost Savings: 5 Insights; Dr. Robert Watkins Performs Spine Surgery on Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski; Dr. Robert Spetzler to Resign as Barrow Neurological Institute’s President, CEO; Dr. Michael Lawton to Take the Helm; 8 States With Premium Hikes of 30%+; Titan Spine Leads Push for Titanium Interbody Device Resurgence Through Nanotechnology Differentiation; Stryker Courts ASCs With Ascential Spine Device, Inventory Management Solution: 6 Things to Know; 8 Orthopedic Imaging Technologies to Know: C-arms, O-arms & G-arms; Medtronic Finds its Place in the Orthopedic Market With Knee Implant Service: 5 Observations; FDA Clears Xtant Medical’s Xsert Lumbar Expandable Interbody System; 7 New Spine, Orthopedic Device Launches & Releases; Zimmer Biomet, Stryker, Wright Medical Group & More: 12 Key Notes. ; ISASS Releases New Coverage Rule for Decompression With Interlaminar Stabilization; The Specialist Most Likely to ‘Cherry-Pick’ Patients: 25 Statistics; What are the Driving Forces Behind Medicare Reimbursement for Total Joint Arthroplasty? 7 Key Notes; Rush University Medical Center & Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Receive Approval for $21M ASC; Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health Open Concierge Spine Center of Excellence; 25 ASCs With Total Disc Replacement Spinal Surgery; What Stryker CEO Kevin Lobo said on CNBC: 7 Key Quotes; Resurgens Orthopaedics Opens 7th ASC; Top 10 Highest-Earning Physician Specialties; These 2 Factors Impact Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Scores in Outpatient Orthopedic Clinics; What Not to Wear — Physician’s Attire Elicits Mixed Responses in Outpatient Orthopedic Centers; 9 Mayo Clinic Strategies to Quench the Physician Burnout Flame; Henry Ford Health System Drops Out of Medicare Bundled Payments for Joint Replacement: 5 Key Notes; President-elect Donald Trump Taps Dr. Ben Carson to Join Cabinet as Housing Secretary: 6 Things to Know; Dr. Allan Friedman Performs Spine Surgery on Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski; 10 Key Trends in Physician Executive Pay; Report: Healthcare Organizations Will be Targeted Most for Data Breaches in 2017; President Obama Calls for Honesty, Continues to Defend Health Law — 6 Things to Know; Pence Says Trump Plans to Repeal ACA Right ‘Out of the Gate’. Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.





November/December 2016 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

Dr. Christopher Bono on the Spine Industry & Where It’s Headed — MACRA, Big Data & More; 21 Statistics and Facts for Orthopedic Surgeons — Compensation, Net Worth & More; The Role of Biologics in the Next 5 to 10 Years; Wal-Mart adds Mayo Clinic to Spine Centers of Excellence, 50% Copay for Out-of-Network Care; Medicaid Expansion Linked With $2.8M Decrease in Uncompensated Care per Hospital; Healthcare’s Focus on Truncating Costs May Detract From Quality — Dr. John Finkenberg on a New Kind of Healthcare Reform; Physicians in These 14 Specialties More Likely to Vote Republican; US News & World Report: Top 20 Hospitals for Adult Neurology & Neurosurgery; Dr. Richard Wohns on the Impact of the New 10 ASC Payable Spine Codes; SpineNevada Offers Advanced Imaging With InMotion Diagnostics — 6 Highlights; The Trials of 2016 & What is to Come for the Spine Industry; Disc Replacement vs. Spinal Fusion: 5 Key Notes on Adjacent Segment Disease; Global Market for Cervical Total Disc Replacement Devices to Reach $1.75B by 2021: 5 Notes; 6 Market Leaders Drive Anterior Cervical Fixation Devices Market — Globus Medical, J&J, Medtronic & More; What This Year’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics Means for ACOs, Physician Compensation; 10 Things to Know About CMS’ Final MACRA Rule; Healthcare M&A Volume Up 16%, Value Drops 39% in Q2; 19 Things to Know About Orthopedic Bundled Payments; Dr. Gregory Sherr Sues HealthEast, CentraCare & 6 Neurosurgeons for Allegedly Ruining His Reputation & Career; 5 Trends for Orthopedic Surgeons to Watch in 2017; 3 Orthopedic Clinics to Pay $2.39M to Settle False Claims Act Allegations; 5 Financial Thoughts for MidCareer Physicians; The Science of Healthcare Delivery: 10 Thoughts on the Future Structure of Healthcare Organizations; The Tricky Nature of ICD-10 Coding for Spinal Fusions — 6 Things to Know; 11 Highest-Paying States for Orthopedic Surgeons: New Jersey Tops the List at $494.5k; 25% of Reimbursement Tied to Alternative Models in 2016; Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield Now Covers 2-Level Disc Replacement With Zimmer Biomet’s Mobi-C; 5 Key Thoughts on Endoscopic Surgery and Spinal Pain; How MIS has Transformed the Field — Dr. Andrew Kokkino on Hospital Employment & the Challenges That Remain; How Spinal Deformity Surgery is Becoming Less Invasive — And Lowering Costs as a Result: Q&A With Dr. Todd Lansford; Personalized Medicine in Spinal Care: Q&A with Dr. Nitin Khanna of Orthopaedic Specialists of Northwest Indiana; ‘Surgery is Like Comfort Food for My Soul’ — Dr. Thomas Scully on Being a Neurosurgeon in an Evolving Landscape; How Being a Patient Helped Virginia Spine Institute CEO Dr. Thomas Schuler Relate to His Patients. Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.


September/October 2016 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

21 Smart Spine Surgeons With Gifted Business Minds; How Beverly Hills Spine Surgery Builds Value in a Competitive Market; 5-Year Cervical Disc Replacement Results vs. Spinal Fusion: 5 Key Notes; 21 Smart Spine Surgeons With Gifted Business Minds; Dr. Frank Phillips Becomes Director of the Division of Spine Surgery at Rush: 5 Key Notes; 10 Updates on Neurosurgeon Pay; 5 Health Systems With Strong Finances; Shriners Hospital for Children Names Dr. Purnendu Gupta Chief of Staff: 5 Key Notes; Spine Surgery Costs: 5 Key Notes on Surgeon Variation; Mount Sinai’s Dr. Joshua Bederson 1st to Use Virtual Reality Imaging System: 6 Highlights; Coach Teams to Greatness: 5 Core Management Truths; Beyond Oral Opioids — Spinal Cord Stimulators, Targeted Drug Delivery & the Future of Pain Management; Top 10 US States With Most Anesthesiologists; Zimmer Biomet Jumps Into Value-Based Care With Signature Solutions: 5 Things to Know; Trends in Healthcare Wearables: What You Need to Know; Globus Medical to Acquire Alphatec’s International Business for $80M — 9 Key Notes; Medtronic’s Ambitious Goal: Generate $40B in Free Cash Flow in 5 Years — 6 Highlights; CMS Approves ICD-10 Code for Titan Spine’s nanoLOCK: 5 Things to Know; CMS Grants Add-On Payment for Magnetically Controlled Growth Rods in Spinal Deformity: 5 Key Notes; Orthopedic, Spine Device Company Mergers, Acquisitions & Partnerships: 8 Recent Deals; Banner Health Suffers Year’s Largest Data Breach; 3.7M Affected; Titanium-Coated PEEK Implants: Centinel Spine’s Ti-ACTIVE Advantage; Design Makes a Difference: Key Concepts for Achieving Clinical Success; 4 Strategies for Spine Surgeons to Resolve Their Claims; Charges for Spine Surgery vs. Total Joint Replacement: Which is More? 5 Things to Know; How Beverly Hills Spine Surgery Builds Value in a Competitive Market; Do Hospital Compare Scores Predict Good Spine Surgery Outcomes? 5 Things to Know; 10 Thoughts and Statistics on Medical Malpractice Claims Against Orthopedists; Private Practice vs. Employment: 5 Points on Where Today’s Residents Think They’ll End Up; The Business of Private Practice — Dr. Paul Slosar on Physician Independence; Dr. A. Nick Shamie Discusses the Challenge of Juggling Office Hours, Research & Life’s Commitments; Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is the Future: Q&A With Dr. Frank Phillips of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush; Challenges in Spinal Care: Q&A With Dr. George Cybulski of Northwestern University; Dr. Mick Perez-Cruet’s Takeaways on MIS & Outpatient Spine; SpineCal Institute’s Dr. Pablo Pazmino on Patient Education & Proving Surgical Procedures’ Efficacy; The Best New Opportunities for Spine Surgeons in Value-Based Healthcare: Q&A With Dr. Stephen Hochschuler; Dr. William C. Watters III on the Biggest Issues Facing the Industry Today; The Role of the Surgical Microscope in Modern MIS Spine; 5-Year Cervical Disc Replacement Results vs. Spinal Fusion at 2 Levels: 5 Key Notes; Advocate to Pay Largest HIPAA Settlement to Date; Endoscopic Spine Surgery Makes it Into CMS’ 2017 Fee Schedule Proposed Rule; Electrical Bone Stimulators: New Evidence Supports Treatment for Bone Healing; How Did Compensation Change for Executives, Providers From 2015 to 2016?; Effect of the Stryker Venom Cannula and Venom Electrode combination on lesion size and anesthesia delivery during radiofrequency ablation; Malls May be the Newest Healthcare Destination: 6 Things to Know; 6 Key Thoughts on Best Business Strategies for Young Spine Surgeons. Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.


July/August 2016 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

Minimally Invasive Spine’s Promising Future — Key Insight From SMISS President Dr. Greg Anderson; Spine Surgery Coverage Denials Cost Surgeons $191k; Where do spine surgeons fit in the changing market? Dr. Brian Gantwerker's insight; The Journey From Patient to Surgeon — Dr. Bobby Kalantar Shares How His Experience Shaped His Patient Outlook; Surgeon Entrepreneur: Dr. Kern Singh’s Quest to Make Lateral Spine Surgery More Accessible; Taking Healthy Habits to Heart: 7 Spine Surgeons Discuss Their Health & Fitness Practices; Evolutionary vs. Revolutionary: The Future of Surgical Devices and Spine Surgery; How Did 5 Orthopedic Device Giants Fare in the Most Recent Fiscal Period? 45 Notes on Stryker, Medtronic & More; PODs Under Attack Again: 5 Key Notes From the Senate Finance Committee’s Report; Zimmer Biomet to Acquire LDR in $1B Transaction — 9 Things to Know; Leveraging the Internet to Your Practice’s Benefit — 6 Medical Marketing Strategies From Dr. Tony Mork; How Should Spine Surgeons Approach a Shifting Landscape?; The Low Hanging Fruit of HIPAA Compliance: 8 Best Practices; 12 Patient Handoff Communication Tools to Know; 5 Key Points on Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush’s Bundled Payments Making Healthcare Affordable & Transparent; How to Beat Out Yelp, Healthgrades & Take Control of Spine Center Referrals; Cervical Cage Coverage: What to Expect in the Era of Insurance Company Mergers; 5 Key Strategies to Bolster Spine Profitability in the Outpatient Landscape; Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO Dr. James Weinstein on What’s Wrong With Healthcare and How to Fix It; Novel Technologies Make a Splash in Outpatient Spine Setting — Dr. Nick Shamie Weighs In. Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.


May 2016 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

21 Spine Surgeon Leadership Awards;Turning the 'Art of Medicine' Into Evidence-Based Spine Care - Key Thoughts From Dr. Lawrence Lenke;8 Statistics on Physician Starting Salary & Bonuses;5 Trends in Complex Spine Surgery: Dr. Han Jo Kim; Comprehensive Spine Center Opens at NYU Langone; Andrews Institute Adds Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell CenterAndrews Institute Adds Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Center;Novel Technologies Make a Splash in Outpatient Spine Setting - Dr. Nick Shamie Weighs In; US Physician Practices Spend $15.4B+ Yearly on Quality Reporting: 8 Survey Findings;AxiaLIF's Value-Based Advantage: Key Thoughts on TranS1's Spinal Technology;Beyond the Device: How DePuy Synthes is Innovating in Orthopedic & Spine Technology;2-Level Disc Replacement vs. Spinal Fusion: 5 Key Notes on 5-Year Data for LDR's Mobi-C;Spine Implant Costs Vary at US Academic Medical Centers - 5 Things to Know;Material Matters: How Value-Based Spine Devices Can Help Meet the Triple Aim;How to Operate a Successful Spine Practice in a Changing Payer Environment; Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Launches Spine Tumor Center;The Next Wave of Orthopedic Independent Practice - Integrative Care;CMS's Lowest vs. Highest-Paid Physicians: 5 Key Points;California Hospital to Close After Restructuring Plan Fails;Key Opportunities to Improve Spine Surgery Patient Safety: Dr. Michael Vitale;The Great PA Debate: Should Spine Surgeons Hire Them?;Why Denver Health is Experiencing an Exodus of Physicians; Turning the 'Art of Medicine' Into Evidence-Based Spine Care - Key Thoughts From Dr. Lawrence Lenke;Emory Hospital Reports Massive Drug Theft Scheme;Minimally Invasive vs. Open TLIF: Which is Most Efficient? Has Best Outcomes? 5 Key Notes;Physician Shot and Killed by Patient at Louisiana Hospital;Ex-CEO Allegedly Bilked $1M From Troubled Florida Hospital;Physician Who Claimed to Have 11k Patients Could Spend Rest of Life Behind Bars;8 Key Concerns for Physicians in 2016;Loyalty Rankings: Epic, MEDITECH Clients Feel 'Trapped'; Cerner, athenahealth Clients 'Most Loyal';10 Hospitals Expanding Spine Programs;10 Spine, Neurosurgeon Moves. Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.


March 2016 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

6 Key Notes on Spinal Fusion Complications & Length of Stay; 13 Statistics on Neurosurgeon Salary in 2016; Tackling Variation in Spine: Why Are There so Many Ways to Treat the Same Patient?; The Best Way to Prepare for the Future in Spine: Dr. Hyun Bae; Long-Term Efficiency of Paradigm Spine's coflex; LDR's Mobi-C vs ACDF: 5 Year Costs & Outcomes; Orthobiologics in Spinal Fusion: 5 Key Notes on Outcomes for Cerapedics' i-FACTOR; ChoiceSpine: Key 2016 Innovations; NuVasive Acquires Ellipse for $380M; Strykers Makes 3 Key Acquisitions in 2016 Q1; Justice Department Investigates Pain Compounding Cream for $500M Potential Fraud: 5 Things to Know; Physician Group M&A Up 15% in Q4: 5 Key Trends; Bundled Payments, Consolidation & More: How OrthoVirginia is Building a Future-Facing Empire; 5 Spine Surgeons Discuss Key Trends Driving the Industry; MedPAC Proposes Eliminating ASC Payment Updates in 2017: 5 Key Notes; The Growth of Outpatient Spine - 9 Key Points. Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue. 


January 2016 Issue of Becker's Spine Review.

Payer Coverage Policies in Spine- Key Thoughts From Dr. Gregory Przybylski; Healthcare Executives Expect M&A to Drive Growth in 2016; Cervical Spine Research Society Elects Dr. Robert Heary President: 6 Key Notes; Is Your Medical Device Hacked?; The Theory Behind Geisinger's Spine Surgery Refund; Healthcare Sector to be Biggest Source of Jobs in Next Decade: 4 Statistics; Population Health on a Budget: How One Orthopedic Surgeon Succeeded in Chicago's Most Impoverished Neighborhoods; Orthopedic ASC Income Statement- 20 Key Statistics; Advocate Health Care to Run 56 Metro Chicago Walgreens Clinics: 6 Things to Know; Moody's: 3 Important Insights Into the Orthopedic Device Industry in 2016; OrthoVirginia Merges With The Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia; Key Thoughts on Cervical Disc Arthroplasty Coverage & Payer Policy; Google and Johnson & Johnson to Form New Surgical Company- 4 Highlights; 22 Minimally Invasive Spine Devices to Know; Do You Have a Lean OR? How to Improve Quality & Cut Costs in Spine From Dr. Lloyd Hey; How ICD-10 Affects 2 Spine Practices; A Surprising Uptick: More Physicians Not Selling Practices; High Rate of Hospital Employment of Physician Linked to Lower Hospital Profits; Getting Past the Fear of Spine Surgery in an ASC Setting; Exciting Trends for 2016: 3 Spine Surgeons Share; Is Formality a Thing of the Past? 5 Notes on Patients Calling Physicians by Their First Name; 25 Spine Surgeons Recently on the Move; Will Spine Face Bundled Payments in the Future?; 7 Key Trends in Healthcare Spending for 2016; Healthcare is Barreling Toward Integration- 5 Key Thoughts; Cerner's Ultimatum to Employees: Give up Right to Sue, or Give Up Raises; CMS Finalizes Bundled Payment Initiative for Hip, Knee Replacements: 7 Key Notes. Click here to view the featured stories and download the PDF of the issue.



November 2015 Issue of Becker's Spine Review. 

Future of Private Practice: Key Thoughts From OrthoCarolina CEO Dr. Daniel Murrey;
The 2016 Presidential Campaign Trail: Key Issues for Spine Surgeons;
How the Economy Affects Spine Surgeons; Try Your Hand at Politics: 5 Core Concepts for Spine Surgeons; CNN Names ‘Undercover Physician’ and Orthopedic Surgeon Top Heroes of 2015; Give Everyone Skin in the Game — Dr. Richard Kube on Physician Independence & The Business of Healthcare; The Future of Private Practice: Key Thoughts From OrthoCarolina CEO Dr. Daniel Murrey; Coding Updates for Sacroplasty in 2015; The Future of Private Practice: Key Thoughts From OrthoCarolina CEO Dr. Daniel Murrey; One Surgeons — And What They Need to Know for the Future; Are Independent Physicians Facing a Dependent Future?; 9 Things to Know About Spine in ASCs; 10 Spine, Neurosurgeons on the Move; 10 Statistics on Neurosurgeon Salaries & Bonuses; First Implant of Alphatec Spine’s Bone Graft Implant Successful: 5 Takeaways; Global Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Devices Market on the Rise: 5 Things to Know; Global Spinal Implants and Devices Market to Hit $15.7B by 2020: 5 Things to Know; Defining Value in Spine: Improved Outcomes & Cost Reduction; Has Orthopedic Surgeon Salary Diminished in the Last 5 Years?; Hospitals Turning to Physician Practice Acquisitions for Growth: 5 Key Trends; Whistle-Blower Physician: ‘We Have Got to Get Hospitals Out of the Business of Hiring Doctors’; High vs. Low Volume Surgeons for Scoliosis Procedures; Spine Payments, Competition & New Techniques: What Excites Spine Surgeons Most About the Current Landscape; When Spine Surgery Navigation Becomes Cost Effective: 5 Key Notes; Where Non-Operative Spine Specialists Fit in the Future: What Surgeons Need to Know; 5 Essentials for Surgeons to Know About the Stock Market; Physician Assistant Pay: 5 Things to Know. Click here to view the featured stories and download the pdf of the issue.


July/August 2015 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

How spine surgeons fit into population health — 3 key ways practices are changing; How orthopedic & spine practices can thrive over the next 5 years — Drs. Richard Wohns, Daniel Murrey, David Rothbart;  8 trends in the spine surgery payer, reimbursement market; Publishers Letter; 38 spine-driven ASCs to know | 2015; McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center fires surgeon who performs cases at ASC; surgeon sues hospital - 11 key notes; Hospitals face 4 lawsuits in connection with unnecessary spine surgeries case — 6 things to know; Dr. Aria Sabit pleads guilty to unnecessary spine surgery, faces 11+ years in prison — 5 things to know; Population health and spine: 5 key predictions & 5 ways to prepare for the future; Dr. Neel Anand: Challenges & opportunities in spine population health; Neurosurgeon named in counterfeit spinal implant lawsuit — 5 things to know; CMS proposes ASC policy, payment changes for 2016: 8 things to know; Biggest influences, accomplishments & leadership through change — Spotlight on Dr. Richard Wohns; Do you have an independent spine practice? These ancillaries will keep you there; 10 spine, neurosurgeons on the move — June 4, 2015; Blue Cross parent posts $281.9M loss in first year of PPACA exchanges; Healthcare spending rises 7.2% in Q1: 5 key points; 2016 PPACA insurance rates: 8 things to know; The CORE Institute, Louisiana Orthopaedic Specialists partner: 4 important observations; 3,900 physicians earn millions from Medicare in 2013: 3 things to know; 5 literature-loving spine surgeons discuss the works that influenced them most; Brigham and Women's Hospital names Dr. James Kang orthopedics chairman: 6 key facts; The best music to pump up or calm down orthopedic, spine surgeons in the OR; Cigna rejects latest takeover bid from Anthem; Geisinger Medical Center joins Employers Centers of Excellence for spine care — 6 key notes; 5 statistics on orthopedic surgeon net worth; CMS unable to verify $2.8B in payments to insurers; Motion preservation and the rise of disc replacement; Fallout from the physician shortage: How will it affect spine care; 5 things to know about adult spinal deformity patient-reported outcomes; Supreme Court keeps ACA exchange subsidies intact — 5 things to know; OIG kickback alert focuses on physician compensation arrangements; Click here to view the featured stories and download the pdf of the issue.


May 2015 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

How The CORE Institute grew 40% last quarter — IT leads the way; The corporate takeover of healthcare: What it means for spine surgery; How innovative spine surgeons stay on the cutting-edge — And where to focus in the future; Publisher's Letter; 20 Spine Surgeon Leadership Awards; Top 10 specialties with highest pay — Orthopedists lead the pack; Dr. Alexander Vaccaro takes the helm at Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques — 5 key changes; Drs. Larry Lenke, Daniel Riew, Ronald Lehman leaving St. Louis for NYC — 5 things to know; 7 key statistics on retail clinics; Proposed CMS 2016 IPPS rule would increase MU payments 1.1%; Becker’s ASC 22nd Annual Meeting -The Business and Operations of ASCs brochure; How Much of Your Taxes are Spent on Healthcare? 5 Things to Know; ACOs Now Serve About 16% of US Residents; Executive Briefing: Key Thoughts on Oblique Lateral Spine Surgery A Differentiated Approach in Lateral Spine Surgery: Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion (OLIF at L2-L5); Titanium spinal implants? 5 key points on effectiveness; 7 important trends in the global orthobiologics market; Medtronic is headed for strong 2015 — 8 reasons why; 10 states where physicians earn the most; Bundled spine surgery for Walmart, Lowe's employees — 6 things to know; Physicians: 5 most prevalent effects of PPACA roll-out; Texas Children's Hospital names Dr. John Dormans orthopedics chief: 6 things to know; 25 Spine Device Awards | 2015; Spinal deformity surgery — On the cutting edge with Drs. Isador Lieberman, Suken Shah; Minimally invasive spine surgery — Current trends & topics; How high-energy spine surgeons start their day — 5 things to know; The best vacation spots for spine surgeons; Building an empire: How Dr. Douglas Won created a physician-led health system; First Choice Healthcare Adds The B.A.C.K. Center — 5 Key Takeaways; The best & worst states for physicians to practice; 5 Key Observations on Spine Surgeon Interaction With Insurance Companies; Criminal attacks No. 1 cause of healthcare data breaches: 5 things to know; Bringing a Spine Start-Up to Fruition — New Technology in Spine Navigation; Mount Sinai Health System Appoints Dr. Andrew Hecht Chief of Spine Surgery — 5 Key Notes; Click here to view the featured stories and download the pdf of the issue.


March 2015 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

Words From the Wise: Dr. Gunnar Andersson on Spine Surgery’s Evolution, Leadership & Life After Clinical Practice; Spotlight on a Spine Surgeon Leader: Dr. Alexander Vaccaro; 6 Key Thoughts on Spinal Implants, Outpatient Surgery & Future Expectations; Publisher’s Letter; 5 Things to Know About Hospital Costs for Anterior Cervical Fusions; Where Do Physicians Earn the Most?; Spinal Implant Material Matters: What Titanium Can Do for You (and Your Patients); Why Endoscopic Spine Surgery is the Next Tech Disruptor; 13th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine brochure; 55 Spine Surgeons on the Forefront of Biologics & Stem Cells; Medtronic Pays $2.8M in False Claims Settlement — 5 Things to Know; 5 Top Investments for Spine Surgeons Today; 18 Statistics on Orthopedic Surgeon Salary & Bonus; The PA’s Role Today: 5 Key Thoughts; A Physician Shortage is Coming — Will it Impact Spine?; BCBS of Texas Forms 1st ACO-Like Organization With State Medical Association; Medical Errors Still a Leading Cause of Death in America; UCLA to Pilot Inclusion of Genomic Data in EHR; Dr. Sanjay Khurana Helps Rescue Harrison Ford From Crashed Air Plane; In-Office Ancillaries Under Attack — 5 Key Points; Google, Twitter, Yahoo Among 3rd Parties Accessing Data; Click here to view the featured stories and download the pdf of the issue.


January 2015 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

Global Payments are Changing Spine Care — 5 Key Observations; 10 Observations on Spine Tech Innovation: Are We Entering the Dark Ages?; Public Healthcare Policy 101 for Spine Surgeons — What to Know for 2015; Physicians Report Lower Compensation Increases: 6 Things to Know; Where Spine Surgery & Innovation is Headed: 10 Surgeons on Big Roadblocks & Opportunities; How Can Orthopedic Residency Programs Improve? 5 Key Observations; How Spine Patient Care Pathways are Changing — For the Better? How Spine Patient Care Pathways are Changing — For the Better?; Spine Surgery for Medicare Patients in ASCs in 2015 — But Will Spine Make Good Business Sense?; 10 Observations on Healthcare Merger & Acquisition Activity for the Future; Staying Independent Despite Healthcare Reform? 8 Tips; Outlook for Cervical Disc Replacement: Rosy, With the Right Data; Zimmer Spine Outlook: Key Thoughts & Trends From Steve Healy; Minimally Invasive SI Joint Fusion: Ready for Prime Time; Spine Surgery for ‘Generation Me’: Will Customization Lead to Better Outcomes?; CMS Final Rule: 10 Key Concepts for Physician Pay; 5 of the Biggest False Claims Act Developments in 2014; 37 Spine Surgeons Under 40 to Know; 50 Key Points on the Spine Device Market Through 2020. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.




October 2014 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

How Spine Surgery Will Thrive in a Data-Driven World; Spine Device Market Report: 5 Key Concepts for Future Growth; What Spine Surgeons stand to gain and lose from risk sharing payment models; Quality, Cost & Patient Satisfaction Post-Reform: How Top Spine Surgeons Accomplish Them All; Turning the Ideal into Reality: How to Practice Sustainable Spine Care; The Most Valuable Leader in Spine: 5 ways to Become a Sustainable Spine Champion; Rising Stars: 35 Spine Surgeons Under 40 to Know; The Cost of Spine Care: 5 Factors Surgeons Can Impact; The Lateral Revolution: How New Technology Makes Spine Surgery Better; 5 Spine Device Companies Ready for Prime Time; 10 Big Spine, Orthopedic Device Company Acquisitions in 2014; What Does it Take to Succeed in the Spine Device Market? Quality, Surgeon Partnerships & Differentiation; Leading the Charge in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery- How One Institution is Paving the Way; 10 Statistics on Orthopedic Surgeon Salary & Bonus; Orthopedist vs Neurosurgeon for Spine Surgeries; Does it Make a Difference? 226 Spine Surgeons to Know - 2014; PODs Under Attack - 5 things to Know; Can you guarantee orthopedic outcomes?; Spine Surgery Episodes of Care: $9k Medicare Payment Variation - 5 things to Know; 25 Spine Surgical Specialists on the Move. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.


July Issue of Becker's Spine Review

Deconstructing the Cost of Spine Care: Where Dollars Really Go; Accountable Spine Care: Behind the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative; The Volatile Spine Device Market: Mergers, IPOs & International Growth; Publisher’s Letter; 17 Spine Surgeons Receive Leadership Award; Dr. Roger Hӓrtl: 4 Exciting Areas in Spine Development; Stem Cells for Spine: Phase 2 Outcomes Promising for Mesoblast; XLIF for Scoliosis Surgery: Dr. Frank Phillips Measures Positive Outcomes; The Economics of Spine Surgery: How Pain Management Makes a Difference; Changing the Way We Look at Pain & Functional Outcomes in Spine Surgery; The Financial Health of Providers: Impact of Spine Patient Satisfaction & Pain Management; Young Spine Surgeons Entering the Field: 5 Key Trends; CPT Editorial Panel Updates for Spine: 2 Key Concepts for 2015; Medtronic's $22M Infuse Settlement: 5 Things to Know; The Making of an Interactive Spine Registry: Dr. Zoher Ghogawala; Becker’s ASC 21st Annual Meeting -The Business and Operations of ASCs Brochure; 5 Core Concepts on the Biggest Strides in Complex Spine Today; 15 Growing Spine Device Companies; Post Sunshine Act: How Spine Surgeon Relationships With Industry Are Evolving; Medicare Data Released: How Data Transparency is Transforming the Spine Field; How Spine Surgeons Opening ASCs Will Impact Healthcare Delivery & Costs; Regional Brain and Spine’s Innovative Business Strategy: Leasing One ASC Day Per Week; The Hancocks of Healthcare — A Nashville Success Story. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.


April Issue of Becker's Spine Review

Minimally Invasive vs. Open Spine Surgery: Where the Field is Headed; Evidence-Based Medicine, Healthcare Reform & Reimbursement in Spine: Q&A With NASS President Dr. William Watters; Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement: What the Long-Term Data Means for Spine; Publisher's Letter; Strides in Spine Surgery: Where We Are & Where We're Going; Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Do Benefits Outweigh the Risks?; Cost-Effectiveness: How Do MIS & Open Spine Surgeries Compare?; 10 Spine Procedure Coverage & Reimbursement Updates; Spine Moneyball: How Analytics Will Impact Spine Care Over the Next 5 Years; Scoliosis Surgery Technology Advancement — Clinical, Cost & Quality Advantages of Precision Spine's Reform® System; Spine Surgery's Next Frontier: Biologics & Regenerative Medicine; 16 Spine Device Awards — 2014;Global Medical Device Market Updates: Expect Big Growth in Spine, Biomaterials; Spine Device Market Update: Best Opportunities & Biggest Challenges; Do Spine Surgeons Treat Recurrent Lumbar Disc Herniation Differently? 5 Findings;  12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Business of Spine Brochure; The Future of Spinal Fusion: Where BMP Stands Today & Tomorrow; 20 Cutting-Edge Innovations in Spine; Innovation in Spine MIS, Biologics & More: Can Anything Stem the Flow?; Roadblocks to Spine Reimbursement: Overcome Today's Challenges & Prepare for Tomorrow; The Future of Spine Surgery at ASCs: Q&A With Meridian Surgical Partners President Kenny Hancock; Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Reimbursement: Patient Perception vs. Reality; 20 Spine Surgeons & Specialists on the Move; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue


January Issue of Becker's Spine Review

How Will the Healthcare Changes Shape the Practice of Spine Surgery?; Going Global: Where the Spine Device Market is Headed; Bundled Payments for Spine Surgery: Are They a Good Idea?; Publisher’s Letter; How Spine Surgeons Can Succeed With Consensus Building: Q&A With Dr. K. Daniel Riew ; NASS to Washington Post: Don’t Condemn All Spinal Fusions; Dr. Daniel Resnick: NASS Registry Update; Spine Surgery vs. Joint Replacement: Cost Effectiveness Compared; 8 Spine and Neurosurgeons on the Move; 51 Spine Surgeons on Top Leadership Strategies; Can Spine Device Start-Ups Still Survive?; OIG Issues Findings on Spine Device Physician-Owned Distributorships; Device Companies — 7 Key Notes — NuVasive, Zimmer Spine & More; Key Advice for a Successful Practice: 5 Spine Surgeons Weigh In; Spotlight on Innovative Spine Care Delivery: Geisinger Neuroscience Institute's Dr. Jonathan Slotkin; 10 Key Components of On-Call Contracts for Spine Surgeons; 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Business of Spine Brochure; The Future of Spine Surgery; Outpatient Spine Surgery: 5 Surgeons on Performing Cases in ASCs; CMS Won’t Cover New Technique for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Patients; Disc Replacement vs. Spinal Fusion: 4 Findings on Dysphagia Levels; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue




October Issue of Becker's Spine Review

The Future of Spine Surgeon Employment: Q&A With Dr. Gunnar Andersson of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush; 13 Strategies for Spine Surgeons to Improve Clinic Efficiency; 92 Spine Surgeon Inventors & Innovators to Know; How to Move the Spine Field Forward: Q&A With Dr. Lawrence Lenke; Advance Spine Through Leadership in Professional Societies: Q&A With Rothman Institute President Dr. Todd Albert; 6 Spine Surgeon Honors & Awards; 5 Areas for Spine Surgeon Leaders to Pave the Way Today From Dr. Richard Wohns; 7 Access to Care Issues for Spine Patients & How Surgeons Can Overcome Them; 8 Predictions on the Future of Spine Surgery Innovation; What Is the Future of Biologics in Spine? 4 Surgeons Discuss; 5 Questions to Ask Before Transitioning Spine Cases to Ambulatory Surgery Centers; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue


July Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
14 Spine Surgeons Receive Leadership Awards; Driving Value in Spine Care: Outpatient Spine Surgery; 5 Qualities of Spine Center Leaders for Today & Tomorrow; Publisher's Letter; 139 Speakers at the 2013 Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference; What Medicare Cuts Mean for Spine Surgeons: Q&A With Dr. Terrence Crowder of Sonoran Spine Center; Starting a Device Company: 3 Steps From Dr. Scott Spann; 5 Spine Surgeons on the Most Fulfilling Aspects of Their Careers; Fostering Evidence-Based Spine Advances: Q&A With Dr. Daniel Resnick of NASS; 105 Spine Surgery Practices to Know; 5 Ideas for Spine Practice Growth in Today's Healthcare Market; Neurosurgeon Salary vs. Hospital Revenue Generated; 6 Strategies to Make Spine Practice Business Models More Patient-Centric; 2012 vs. 2011: 20 Statistics on How Orthopedist Compensation Changed; How to Reduce Costs & Maintain Quality of Care: 5 Spine Surgeons Weigh In; 4 Challenges Today's Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons Face; 3 Predictions for the Future of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; 5-Year Spinal Disc Replacement Data is In: How it Compares With Spinal Fusion; 8 Trends for the Surgical Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis; 45 Spine Surgeons at Spine & Orthopedics-Focused Hospitals; How to Build & Manage Spine Groups in the 21st Century: Q&A With Dr. Richard Kube; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue        


April Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
8 Big Trends in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; 50 Spine Surgeons & Specialists Researching Biologics for Spine Treatments; Economics, Politics & the Independent Spine Surgeon: Q&A With Dr. Craig Callewart; 8 Big Trends in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; 50 Spine Surgeons & Specialists Researching Biologics for Spine Treatments; Economics, Politics & the Independent Spine Surgeon: Q&A With Dr. Craig Callewart; 6 Top Advocacy Issues for North American Spine Society; 5 Proactive Steps for Spine Surgeons to Influence Spine Care Policy; 11 Spine Surgeons Discuss Exciting Trends for the Future; 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference; Spine Imaging: 5 Strategies for Meeting “Milliman Criteria” Requirements; Incorporating Weight-Bearing MRI Into Spine Practices: Q&A With Dr. Douglas Smith of Musculoskeletal Imaging Consultants; 5 Big Opportunities for Spine Surgery Research & Development; Discectomy for Disc Herniation Could Save $2.1 Billion Over Non-Surgical Treatment; 18 Spine Surgeon & Specialist Appointments and Accomplishments; The Future of Spine Innovation: Q&A With Dr. Hyun Bae of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; 4 35 Spine Device Companies Making a Difference; Spine Technology Coverage Post Healthcare Reform: Q&A With Dr. Gunnar Andersson of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush; Minimally Invasive Spine Market Expected to Top $2B by 2017; Global Nonfusion Spine Market to Grow to $1B by 2017; 8 Factors Impacting Spine Surgery Coverage Rates; 6 Factors for Positive Employee Culture at Spine Groups; Lowering Hospital Readmissions: 4 Ideas for Spine Surgeons; 35 Spine-Driven ASCs to Know; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue


January Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
100 Spine Surgeons Advancing the Field; 5 Factors for Spine Surgeons to Negotiate Better Payor Contracts; 10 Key Trends in Spine Surgery for 2013; 100 Spine Surgeons Advancing the Field; 10 Key Trends in Spine Surgery for 2013; 5 Factors for Spine Surgeons to Negotiate Better Payor Contracts; Biggest Challenges for Spine Surgeons Heading Into 2013: Q&A With Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein; Dr. Thomas Errico: 5 Goals of International Advocates for Spine Patients; Goals & Priorities for Spine Surgeons Post Healthcare Reform: Q&A With NASS President Dr. Charles Mick; 5 Tips for Entrepreneurial Spine Surgeons to Stay Independent; Insurance Dependency: Gearing Up for Next Year; 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference; Quality & Cost-Effective Spinal Imaging of the Future: Q&A With Eric Bailey of NeuroLogica; Quality & Cost-Effective Spinal Imaging of the Future: Q&A With Eric Bailey of NeuroLogica; Passing the Torch: 6 Characteristics to Look For in Tomorrow’s Spine Surgeon Leaders; AreACOs Beneficial for Spine Surgeons? Q&A With Dr. Nick Shamie of UCLA; 8 Important Spinal Technology Advances Heading Into 2013; 50 Spine Surgeons Leading Scoliosis Development; Should CRNAs Treat Chronic Pain? Q&A With ASIPP Chairman Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti; 5 Tips to Enhance Pain Specialist Communication With Primary Care Physicians; 8 Benchmarks for Low Back Pain Injections in ASCs; 8 Thoughts on How President Barack Obama’s Re-Election Impacts Spine Surgery; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue


October Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
56 Sports Medicine Practices to Know; 12 Tactics for Spine Surgeons to Avoid Hospital Employment; 10 Trends in Reimbursement for Spinal Surgery; Publisher’s Letter: October 2012; 8 Challenges for Spine Surgeons Over the Next 10 Years; 7 Trends Impacting the Future of Spinal Surgery; 5 Big Changes in Coverage Policies Devastating Spine Surgery; 10 Top Issues for Spine Surgeons After the Supreme Court Upheld Healthcare Reform; 7 Spine Surgeons on Biggest Opportunities for Growth in Spinal Surgery; Developing an Orthopedic Spine & Neurosurgery Partnership That Works: Q&A With Dr. Edward Benzel and Adam Bartsch of Cleveland Clinic; 60 Spine Surgeon Inventors to Know; 8 Benefits for Spine Practices of Adding Pain Management; Inside the Orthopedic Bundled Payment Program in Tennessee: Q&A With TriZetto's Camille Van Vurst and Blue Cross's Dr. Thomas Lundquist; Where Orthopedic Surgeons Fit in ACOs: 3 Experts Weigh-In; 11 Key Legal Risk Areas for ASCs; Why a Physician-Owned Orthopedics Specialty Hospital Can Succeed: Q&A With Rothman Specialty Hospital; 7 Challenges & Innovations on the Horizon for Orthopedic Technology; 7 Biggest Factors Impacting Spine Research & Innovation; 5 Expectations for the Minimally Invasive Spine Market; Pressing Issues in Interventional Pain Management Advocacy: Q&A With Dr. Scott Glaser of ASIPP; Minimally Invasive Total Shoulder Replacements & What Lies Ahead for Shoulder Surgery: Q&A With Dr. Anthony Romeo of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush; On the Forefront of ACL Reconstruction: 4 Points From Dr. Freddie Fu of UPMC Sports Medicine; 18 Spine Surgeons & Specialists on the Move. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

July Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
55 Spine Surgery Practices to Know; The Most Important Issues Facing Spine Surgeons: Q&A With ISASS President Dr. Steven Garfin; 10 Steps to Negotiate Smart Bundled Payment for Orthopedic Surgery; Publisher’s Letter: July 2012; 6 Steps to Prepare for the Future of Outpatient Spine Surgery; The Making of a Minimally Invasive Spine Institute: Q&A With Dr. Frank Phillips of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush; 8 Spine Surgeons on the Future of Spinal Fusions; 7 Steps for Spine Surgeons to Avoid Commoditization; Funding the Future of Spine Research: Q&A With Dr. Charles Branch & Dr. James Heckman of Collaborative Spine Research Foundation; 12 Spine Surgeon Recognitions; 5 Thoughts for Spine Surgeons on Migrating Cases to ASCs; How Does Kentucky's Latest Pain Management Legislation Impact Physicians? Q&A With Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti of ASIPP; 4 Steps to Greater Collaboration Between Pain Management & Primary Care; 10 Benchmarking Statistics About ASC Pain Management Revenue; Dr. Brian Cole: 5 Big Challenges for Orthopedic Surgeons Today; 22 Spine-Driven Ambulatory Surgery Centers; 5 Points on Orthopedic Surgeon Income & Payment Models; 15 Statistics on Orthopedic Surgeon Compensation in 2011; 8 Points on Teleradiology for Sports Medicine; Contact Sports: "You Should Have Your Head Examined"; Global Teleradiology Market to Grow 19.3% to 2015; 10 Steps for Spine Surgeons to Negotiate Best Vendor Contracts; Innovation in Spine Technology Post Healthcare Reform: Q&A With Dr. Dennis Crandall; Where the Spine Technology Market is Headed: Q&A With K2M CEO Eric Major; 10 Milestones for Spine Devices & Implants; 30 Orthopedic Surgeons on the Move. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

April Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
208 Spine Surgeons & Specialists to Know; 11 Key Issues Facing Surgery Centers—2012; 8 Keys to Success in Sports Medicine From Dr. James Andrews; Publisher’s Letter: April 2012; 4 Strategies to Prepare for Changes in Reimbursement; The State of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Q&A With SMISS Co-Founder Dr. William Taylor; 8 Pillars of Success at Sonoran Spine Center; Dr. Frank Cammisa: 8 Top Challenges for Spine Surgeons This Year; Dr. Stephen Hochschuler: 8 Changes to Ensure a Brighter Future for Spine Surgery; 7 Best Practices for Increasing Spine Center Profitability; 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference; Dr. Brian Cole: 3 Exciting Trends in Sports Medicine Research; 6 Goals for Sports Medicine From Dr. Kevin Plancher; 4 Business Principles for Growing a Sports Medicine Center; The Future of Evidence-Based Medicine in Pain Management: Q&A With Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti of ASIPP; 5 Procedures Pain Management Physicians Must Do in 2012; 25 Orthopedic Surgeons on the Move. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

January/February Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
125 Outstanding Knee Surgeons; 101 Hospitals With Great Spine & Neurosurgery Programs; Highest and Lowest Compensated Orthopedists: 5 Things to Know; Publisher's Letter; 10 Tips for Orthopedic Practices to Remain Independent; 5 Principles of Rothman Institute's Innovative Orthopedic Practice Business Model; 5 Points on Orthopedic Surgeon Compensation and Expenses; Are Partial Knee Replacements a Passing Trend or the Future of Knee Care; Uncovering the Chondrolysis Mystery: 7 Insights to Know; 5 Points on Developing a Concierge Sports Medicine Practice; NASS Next Year: Dr. Michael Heggeness on Goals & Challenges for 2012; Where Spine Research is Headed: 5 Points From Dr. Frank Phillips; Importance of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in the ASC Setting: Q&A With Dr. John Peloza; Now is a Great Time to be a Physician: Q&A With Dr. John Caruso on Physician Involvement in Healthcare Changes; Spine vs. Neurosurgeon Compensation: Who Receives More?; Healthcare Reform and its Effect on Pain Management: Q&A With Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians; Dr. Scott Glaser: The Need for Interconnected Prescription Monitoring Programs; 10 Ways to Improve Profitability for Pain Management; 28 Pain Management-Driven ASCs to Know; 5 Points on Ultrasound for Pain Management; 12 Research and Development Projects for New Orthopedic & Spine Technology; 10 Orthopedic & Spine Device Company Financial Reports; Low Cost Orthopedic Implants: 5 Things to Know About Buying at Wholesale Price; 25 Orthopedic Surgeons on the Move; Being a Team Physician for Professional Athletes: Q&A With Indiana Pacers Team Physician Dr. Timothy Hupfer. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue


September/October Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
Will There Be a Place for Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon Relationships With Device Companies in the Future? 6 Responses; Robotics in Orthopedic Surgery: 6 Points on the Present and Future; 67 Outstanding Shoulder Surgeons and Specialists; Publisher’s Letter: September 2011; Dr. John Caruso: Becoming a Champion of Change in Healthcare; Dr. Brian Cole: Developing the Future of Cartilage Regeneration in Orthopedics; Simplifying the Complexities of Being a Team Physician for Professional Athletes: Q&A With Dr. Doug Freedberg; What Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Means and Why it Will Survive: 5 Points From Dr. Frank Phillips; Dr. Frank Cammisa: 4 Points on Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusions; Top 10 Things to Look for in a Teleradiology Group; Changes for CMS Imaging Reimbursement; Dr. Scott Glaser: 6 Points on Why Repeal of IPAB and PCORI is Necessary; Impact on Pain Management of the New Outcomes Research Institute: Q&A With Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti; 50 Orthopedic and Spine Devices to Know; 30 Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons on the Move. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

July/August Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review

6 Ways Evidence-Based Medicine Impacts Orthopedic and Spine Surgery; AAOS President Dr. Daniel Berry: 4 Thoughts on the Future; 50 Great Orthopedic Practices to Know; Publisher’s Letter: July 2011; 9 Points for Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons on Forming Positive Relationships With Hospitals; 70 Outstanding Hip Surgeons and Specialists; Zimmer’s Cheryl Blanchard: 5 Points on the International Consortium of Orthopaedic Registries; 10 Biggest Trends in Spine Pain Management; 6 Studies Supporting Timely Surgical Intervention for Appropriate Spine Indications; 5 New Studies Influencing Sports Medicine; What Percentage of Orthopedic Surgeons Will be Employed in 5 Years? 10 Responses; 30 Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons on the Move. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

March/April Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
100 of the Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America; 4 Solutions to Common Reasons Why Orthopedic Surgeons Lose Money; Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon Compensation: How Does Your Subspecialty Stack Up?; Publisher’s Letter: March 2011; Spinal Fusions Face an Uncertain Future; 4 Ways Sports Medicine Physicians Can Stay Ahead; 8 New Studies Impacting Sports Medicine; Orthopedic and Spine Device Industry Post-Reform: 6 Challenges; Physician-Hospital Contracting – A Compliance Approach; 20 Headline-Making Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

January/February Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
70 of the Best Knee Surgeons in America; The Year Ahead: 9 Biggest Issues for Orthopedic Surgeons in 2011; The Future of Orthopedic Surgeon Employment: 3 Core Concepts; Publisher’s Letter: November/December 2010; 5 Top-Paid Specialists Include Spine, Neurosurgery and Sports Medicine; Spine Surgery in 2011 and Beyond: 7 Points About the Future of Spine Surgery; 5 Techniques for Increasing Patient Volume at Your Sports Medicine Practice; 10 Recent Orthopedic and Spine Device Company Partnerships and Acquisitions. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue


November/December Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
7 Healthcare Reform Changes Affecting Orthopedic Surgeons; Latest Trends in Spine Surgery Techniques: Laser and Stem Cell Technology; 24 Orthopedic Practices With Great Sports Medicine Programs; Publisher’s Letter: November/December 2010; 6 Ways to Avoid Denied Claims for Spine Procedures; 4 Technologies to Improve Orthopedic Practice Revenue Cycle Management; AHA Complains of Overzealous False Claims Enforcement on Spinal Procedure; 3 Clarifications for Orthopedic Injection Coding; 4 Issues Which Will Shape the Future of Orthopedics; 5 Best Practices for Physicians to Develop a Successful Sports Medicine Practice; Top 5 Orthopedic Device Companies Based on 2009 Revenues; DePuy Orthopaedics Recalls ASR Hip System; 6 Key Questions to Ask When Considering an Ancillary Physical Therapy Program at Your Practice; PRP Use for Orthopedics: Updates and Standards from AAOS; 8 Statistics About Orthopedic Surgeon Compensation; Healthcare Reform Act’s Impact on Orthopedic and Spine Device Companies. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

September/October Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review

6 Key Issues and Trends Impacting Outpatient Services and Physician-Owned Facilities; Trends in Sports Medicine: Q&A With AOSSM President Dr. Robert Stanton; 13 Strategic Thoughts and Concepts for Orthopedic Practices: Developing a Strategic Plan and Allocating Practice Resources; Publisher’s Letter: September/October 2010; Spine and Sports Medicine Surgeons Top List of Highest Paid Orthopedic Specialties; How One Entrepreneurial Patient Helped Found a Chain of Leading Outpatient Spine Institutes: Q&A With LSI Co-Founder Bill Horne; 42 Orthopedic and Spine Device Companies to Know; Dr. Boyd Haynes: Q&A About Virginia’s First Outpatient Total Knee Replacement; 3 Ways to Control Ancillary Service Leakage With OrthoCarolina CEO Dr. Daniel Murrey; 3 Steps to Improve Spine Efficiency and Cut Costs; 4 Ways to Improve Profits at Sports Medicine Practices; 5 Tips for Building a Successful Sports Medicine Center; 5 Tips to Improve Recruitment of Spine Physicians and Staff; 4 Statistics on Spine Surgeon Compensation; 5 Things to Know About the Global Orthopedic Implants Market. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

July Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
8 Implications of Healthcare Reform on Orthopedic and Spine Practices; Call Coverage Payments: Trends, Regulations, Statistics and Valuation Considerations; Independent Medical Practice: Does Healthcare Reform Mark the Beginning of the End?; Publisher’s Letter: July/August 2010; 5 Best Practices to Improve Spine Efficiency in ASCs; Building Strong Anesthesia Partnerships in Spine-Focused ASCs; 6 Ancillary Services to Increase Your Orthopedic Practice Revenue; 8 Statistics About Orthopedic Surgeon Compensation; 18 Orthopedic and Spine Practice CEOs & Administrators to Know; Q&A With Dr. Alejandro Gonzalez Della Valle, Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery; Q&A With Dr. Joshua Siegel, Director of Sports Medicine for Access Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in Exeter, NH; 9 Keys to OrthoCarolina’s Success; Trends and Developments Shaping the Future of Spine: Q&A With Ben Shappley of Amedica Corp.; NIH Releases New Conflict-of-Interest Rules for Medical Research Funding; 4 Orthopedic Implant and Device Developments; Benefits of Not Carving Out Spine Implant Costs; 6 Trends in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; Survey: 25% of Orthopedists Plan to Reduce Metal-on-Metal Hip Usage. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

May/June Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
How Healthcare Reform Impacts ASCs and Physician-Owned Hospitals – 10 Observations; To Sell or Not to Sell: A Guide for Orthopedic Practices Eyeing Deals With Hospitals; 9 Reimbursement and Business Concepts for Orthopedics in ASCs; Publisher’s Letter: May/June 2010; What Health Reform Will Mean for Physicians and Hospitals; Orthopedics Gross Charge and Revenue Statistics by Number of ORs; 20 Orthopedic- and Spine-Driven ASCs to Know; 5 Things Orthopedics and Spine Practices Can Do Immediately to Improve Profits; Becker's ASC Review/Becker's Hospital Review Names 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare; Why Patient Selection Matters to Spine-Focused ASCs: Q&A With Dr. Thomas Forget; 6 Reimbursement and Business Concepts for Spine in ASCs. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

March/April Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
5 Tips to Grow Your Orthopedics Practice From Central Maine Orthopedics; 5 New Developments in Orthopedics; 50 of the Best Spine Specialists in America; Publisher’s Letter: March/April 2010; A Big-Picture Vision for Spine Care: Q&A With Dr. John Caruso; 8 Statistics About Orthopedic Surgeon Compensation; Becker's ASC Review, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review Announce 8th Annual Conference on Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASCs: Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues; 4 Trends in Orthopedic and Spine Services in Hospitals and Surgery Centers; Free Becker’s Healthcare Alert Sends Breaking Healthcare Business and Legal News and Analysis to Your Inbox Daily; 10 Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon-Inventors; Brett Gosney: 5 Tips for Maintaining Orthopedic Implant Costs; Study Calls for Changes in Training of Orthopedic Surgeons; Supply of Orthopedic Surgeons Won’t Keep Up With Surging Demand. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

January Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
11 Challenges and Opportunities for Orthopedic and Spine Practices in 2010; 11 Statistics and Facts About Orthopedics and Orthopedic Practices; 25 of the Best Knee Surgeons in the United States; Publisher’s Letter: January 2010; Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons Share 9 Top Concerns for 2010; 7 Orthopedic Clinical Practices That Can Affect Your Organization's Bottom Line With Dr. Carlos Guanche; Spine Surgeon Robert Bray Predicts a Major Shift of Volume Into ASCs; 7 Statistics About the Orthopedics Market; Rush’s Joshua Jacobs Talks about New Orthopedic Building, Translating Research Into Practice; Trends Toward Outpatient Spine Surgery and Healthcare Reform Efforts: Q & A with Chris Zorn of Spine Surgical Innovation. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue


October Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
Orthopedic Practice Administrators Salaries: Current Observations, Trends and Best Practices; 5 Best Practices for Preparing for the Future: What Your Orthopedic and Spine Practice Should Do to Thrive Now and After the Recession; 15 Great Hip Specialists to Know; Dr. Timothy Kremchek Shares Insight on How to Develop a Strong Community Presence for an Orthopedic Practice; Providing Quality Spine Care at a Reduced Cost: The Impact of ASC-Based Spine Surgery; ASC Spine Surgery Benchmarking DataBiomet CEO: Reformers Appear to be Biased Against Orthopedists, Other Specialists; Charles Saltzman Installed as President of American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society; Study: After-Hours Orthopedic Surgery has Slightly Higher Risks Than Daytime Surgery; 16 Great Orthopedic and Spine Practice Administrators; Orthopedic and Spine Medical Malpractice Costs and Trends: Q & A with Patrick Sedlak and Mark Aldous of Marsh USA; AAOS Advocacy Chair Outlines Health Reform and Other Federal Policy Debates Facing Orthopedics and Healthcare; NASS Expresses Concern Over House Healthcare Bill; Using Benchmarking Surveys to Improve Patient Satisfaction in Orthopedic Practices; 18 Hospitals and Clinics With Great Neurosurgery Programs; Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Pinzur of Loyola University Health System Shares the Best Advice He Ever Received; Standing Out In a Competitive Surgery Center Market: It’s All About the Patient. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

July Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review
20 Shoulder Specialists to Know; Improving and Maintaining Profitability in Orthopedic and Spine Practices: 12 Areas of Focus; 10 Large Orthopedic Practices to Know; Publisher’s Letter; 5 Steps for Building a Successful Clinical Spine Practice From Dr. Bruce McCormack; 24 Statistics About Orthopedics in Surgery Centers and Orthopedic Surgeons; 5 Best Practices to Help Address Increasing Patient Out-of-Pocket Expenses; 10 Statistics About Surgery Centers With More Than 50% Orthopedics; 5 Critical Steps to Build a Successful Sports Medicine Practice From Surgeon Keith Pitchford; 7 Best Practices From Surgeon Aleksandar Curcin to Build and Maintain a Successful Spine Practice; The Outpatient Evolution in Spine Surgery: 7 Critical Focus Areas for a Smooth Transition; 15 Medicare/Medicaid Anti-Kickback and Fraud and Abuse Statute Cases Making Headlines in 2009. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

April Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review

On-Call Coverage: Should Hospitals Pay Orthopedic Physicians; 11 Key Concepts From the Stark Law; 31 Spine Surgeons to Know; Publisher’s Letter; Average Annual Salary for Spine Surgeons by Region; Secret of Spine Surgery Center Success: The “5 + 3 C’s”; Orthopedic Surgery Salary Statistics by Region; Trends, Developments and Legal Issues in the Orthopedic and Spine Device Markets; 5 Challenges Currently Facing Orthopedic and Spine Practices; Developing Centers of Excellence-Key Concepts, Strategies and Tactics; Centers of Excellence Achieved by Focus, Sweat and Determination; Adding Outpatient Spine to Multi-Specialty ASCs. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

January Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review

10 Knee Specialists to Know; 10 Interesting Statistics and Facts About Orthopedic Practices; Spine Surgeon Dilemma: Standalone Practice or Join Orthopedic Group; 4 Observations on Orthopedic and Spine Devices and Equipment; Will the Federal Government Shut Down Surgery Centers and Physician-Owned Hospitals?; 5 Business Challenges Orthopedic Practices Face; New Report Examines Hospital-Physician Relationships and Arrangements to Secure Successful Alignment With Physicians; 3 Hot Spine Device Trends; 3 Spine Products to Know With Neurosurgeon Dr. James B. Macon; At a Glance: 6 Top Orthopedic Device Companies; Office of Inspector General Issues Advisory Opinion: Physician/Hospital Orthopedic ASC Joint-Venture. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

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