8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — May 7, 2015

Anuja Vaidya -   Print  |

Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for May 7, 2015.

Dr. Ben Carson announces presidential candidacy
Dr. Carson is a former head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore. An opponent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Dr. Carson disagrees with President Barack Obama on healthcare reform tactics and several other policies.


Hospital for Special Surgery names Dr. Frank Schwab spine service chief
New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery has a new chief of spine service: Frank Schwab, MD. Dr. Schwab will succeed Frank Cammisa, MD, who served in the position for several years.


Dr. Neal ElAttrache to perform Manny Pacquiao's shoulder surgery
Mr. Pacquiao recently lost a high-profile fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mr. Pacquiao had an undisclosed shoulder injury that could have had an impact on the outcome of the fight. According to Dr. ElAttrache, an MRI scan confirms that Mr. Pacquiao has a rotator cuff tear that needs to be repaired.


Another Medicare Administrative Contractor to cover MIS SI joint fusions
Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators, a Medicare Administrative Contractor, will now cover minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion procedures. Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators covers Medicare beneficiaries in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

Dr. Paul Rubery to chair University of Rochester Medical Center's orthopedics department
Paul T. Rubery, MD, chief of the division of spine surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, was named chair of the department of orthopedics. Dr. Rubery has led the spine surgery division since 1999 and been the director of the Strong Health Spine Center since 2000. 


NuVasive Q1 revenue up 8.4%
NuVasive increased revenue in the first quarter of 2015 ahead of launching a new sagittal alignment-focused system. The Non-GAAP net income was $15.1 million, and GAAP net income is $31.6 million.

Does aspirin make an impact on spine surgery for cardiac patients?
A new study published in Spine examines the impact of aspirin on patients with cardiac stents undergoing spine surgery. Researchers found that the patients who continued taking aspirin had a shorter hospital length of stay on average than the other patients.


EHR-related lawsuits doubled from 2013 to 2014
EHR safety was an issue in about 1 percent of lawsuits concluded from 2007 to 2013, according to data in the report from The Doctor's Company. However, the pace doubled from 2013 to early 2014 as EHR adoption increased.

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