May 2015 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

Orthopedics & Spine Review



On the Cover


How The CORE Institute grew 40% last quarter — IT leads the way
The CORE Institute made several key moves recently to expand the practice and position itself for success in the
future. How innovative spine surgeons stay on the cutting-edge — And where to focus in the future



The corporate takeover of healthcare: What it means for spine surgery
The dichotomy in healthcare between in-network providers and out-of-network providers is growing starker with
each passing day, and those two options are shaping future healthcare delivery and patient experience. Cilck
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How innovative spine surgeons stay on the cutting-edge — And where to focus in the future
New development and innovation is rampant in spine, and still changing constantly. Click here to continue >>


Publisher's Letter
This issue of Becker’s Spine Review includes expertise from spine surgeons and industry experts. Click here to continue >>


20 Spine Surgeon Leadership Awards
Here are 20 spine surgeons who received the Spine Surgeon Leadership Award in 2015 from Becker's Healthcare. Click here to continue >>


Top 10 specialties with highest pay — Orthopedists lead the pack

Orthopedists earn the most from patient care as compared to physicians from other specialties, according to the Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2015. Click here to continue >>


Dr. Alexander Vaccaro takes the helm at Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques — 5 key changes
Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD, President of Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, was named the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques. Click here to continue >>


Drs. Larry Lenke, Daniel Riew, Ronald Lehman leaving St. Louis for NYC — 5 things to know
Three renowned spine surgeons are joining New York-Presbyterian Hospital this summer to establish a comprehensive spine hospital. Click here to continue >>


7 key statistics on retail clinics
As the healthcare industry works to improve access to primary care and provide more patient choice, retail clinics are gaining traction, with 10.5 million visits annually, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Manatt Health Solutions. Click here to continue >>


Proposed CMS 2016 IPPS rule would increase MU payments 1.1%
CMS has released its proposed rule for the fiscal year 2016 Medicare inpatient prospective payment system, which includes an alteration to meaningful use reimbursement. Click here to continue >>


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How Much of Your Taxes are Spent on Healthcare? 5 Things to Know
More than 27 percent of the tax bill is spent on healthcare, according to a Weekly Standard report. Click here to continue >>to continue >>


ACOs Now Serve About 16% of US Residents
As the accountable care model begins to catch on, more patients are receiving care in these organizations. Click here to continue >>


Executive Briefing: Key Thoughts on Oblique Lateral Spine Surgery A Differentiated Approach in Lateral Spine Surgery: Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion (OLIF at L2-L5)

Lateral spine surgery has been an effective procedure for the past decade; now, Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion (OLIF at L2-L5) gives surgeons lateral access while preserving the psoas and avoiding the iliac crest. Click here to continue >>

Device & Technology

Titanium spinal implants? 5 key points on effectiveness

There is a new study comparing Titan Spine's Endoskeleton TA device with PEEK presented at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. Click here to continue >>


7 important trends in the global orthobiologics market
The global orthobiologics market is expected to see immense growth in the near future, according to a MicroMarket Monitor report. Click here to continue >>


Medtronic is headed for strong 2015 — 8 reasons why
Medtronic completed its merger with Covidien on Jan. 27, marking the beginning of what could be a very strong year for the company, if everything falls into place. Click here to continue >>


10 states where physicians earn the most
Where a physician lives has a huge influence on how much he or she will earn — and physicians with larger salaries aren't typically found in well-populated areas. Click here to continue >>


Bundled spine surgery for Walmart, Lowe's employees — 6 things to know
Pacific Business Group on Health expanded its Employers Centers of Excellence Network to include spine surgery. Click here to continue >>



Physicians: 5 most prevalent effects of PPACA roll-out
Here are the most prevalent effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act roll-out, according to a "Physician Practice Trends 2014," a survey conducted by healthcare staffing firm Jackson Healthcare. Click here to continue >>


Texas Children's Hospital names Dr. John Dormans orthopedics chief: 6 things to know
Texas Children's Hospital in Houston named John Dormans, MD, the new chief of orthopedics. Click here to continue >>


25 Spine Device Awards | 2015

These 25 spine devices received the 2015 Becker's Healthcare Spine Device Award. Click here to continue >>

Executive Briefing: Ultrasonic Technology in Spine Surgery

Spinal deformity surgery — On the cutting edge with Drs. Isador Lieberman, Suken Shah
The ultrasonic BoneScalpel from Misonix is designed to increase bone cutting effectiveness and safety in spinal procedures, which has a huge impact on patient safety and outcomes for spinal deformity procedures. Click here
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Minimally invasive spine surgery — Current trends & topics
Minimally invasive surgery is sweeping the spine field. It allows surgeons to perform less morbid procedures with less pain and faster recovery for the patients. Click here to continue >>


How high-energy spine surgeons start their day — 5 things to know
How you start the day is important; it sets the tone for everything to follow. Click here to continue >>


The best vacation spots for spine surgeons
Having a healthy work-life balance is crucial for spine surgeons to be able to deliver high quality patient care and run their practices successfully. Click here to continue >>

Practice Management

Building an empire: How Dr. Douglas Won created a physician-led health system
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brought about huge changes in the healthcare industry, and many challenges. But with all challenges come opportunity. Click here to continue >>


First Choice Healthcare Adds The B.A.C.K. Center — 5 Key Takeaways
First Choice Healthcare Solutions welcomed Melbourne, Fla.-based Brevard Orthopaedic Spine & Pain Clinic, doing business as The B.A.C.K. Center, to its medical business-building platform. Click here to continue >>


The best & worst states for physicians to practice
Compensation, competition and overall work atmosphere are just a few of the factors that determine the quality of a physician's practice environment. Click here to continue >>


5 Key Observations on Spine Surgeon Interaction With Insurance Companies
Spine surgeons face a constant back-and-forth with insurance companies to gain approval for surgical procedures, which has become more difficult over the past decade with the rising cost of surgical procedures and new
coverage guidelines from payers. Click here to continue >>


Criminal attacks No. 1 cause of healthcare data breaches: 5 things to know
The threat of data breaches in healthcare continues to rise, and with it rises the incidence of malicious attacks on hospital and health system networks. Click here to continue >>


Bringing a Spine Start-Up to Fruition — New Technology in Spine Navigation
Chicago-based spine surgeon Kris Siemionow, MD, and his colleagues are working on a new startup developing a wearable navigation system for surgical procedures. Click here to continue >>


Mount Sinai Health System Appoints Dr. Andrew Hecht Chief of Spine Surgery — 5 Key Notes
Andrew Hecht, MD, was appointed chief of spine surgery for Mount Sinai Health System and Mount Sinai Hospital. Click here to continue>>










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