8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — March 31, 2016

Written by Megan Wood | March 31, 2016 | Print  |

Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for March 31, 2016.

Comprehensive spine center opens at NYU Langone
NYU Langone Medical Center opened a new comprehensive spine center to treat several types of spine conditions. Thomas Errico, MD, chief of the division of spine surgery and department of orthopedic surgery, and Anthony K. Frempong-Boadu, MD, director of the division of spine surgery in the department of neurosurgery, will co-direct The Spine Center.


Mississippi tops list as best state for physicians
Based on WalletHub's "2016's Best and Worst States for Doctors" report, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Idaho ranked as the five best states for physicians to practice. Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York and the District of Columbia ranked among the worst.


Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush launches Spine Tumor Center
Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush is opening the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Spine Tumor Center. Matthew W. Colman, MD, is leading the efforts. At the center, Dr. Colman will use evidence-based medicine with new technology to treat patients with a minimally invasive approach.


Massachusetts hospital to cease inpatient services
Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health intends to discontinue inpatient services at Ware, Mass.-based Mary Lane Hospital June 1. The system is seeking state approval to transform Mary Lane Hospital into a regional center for outpatient services. Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, Mass., would become a regional center for inpatient services.


Cognitive-based back pain patient education not cost-effective
A new study published in Spine examines the cost-effectiveness of cognitive-based education programs for patients with subacute or chronic low back pain in primary care. There wasn't a significant difference in QALY for the two groups. There was an estimated 0.005 difference in favor of the intervention. The researchers concluded there wasn't a clinical or health economic benefit to adding the cognitive educational program to the usual patient treatment.


Dr. Justin Field joins The Expert Network
Justin S. Field, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon with Desert Institute for Spine Care in Phoenix, has joined The Expert Network. Dr. Field has been chosen as a "distinguished doctor" based on peer reviews and ratings, recognitions and accomplishments achieved throughout his career.


Kosair Children's Hospital receives $2.5M donation for spinal services
Louisville, Ky.-based Kosair Children's Hospital received a $2.5 million donation for pediatric spinal care. The anonymous donation was gifted in honor of orthopedic spine surgeon Rolando M. Puno, MD, of Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Leatherman Spine Center.


Spinal non-fusion procedures among 4 trends driving spine surgery market
Surface-modified titanium in spinal implants, physician-owned ASCs and MI sacroiliac joint fusion technique will also spur the global spine surgery market, according to a Technavio report.


More articles on spine:
Arrowhead Health Centers adds pain management treatments — 5 things to know
Turning the 'art of medicine' into evidence-based spine care — Key thoughts from Dr. Lawrence Lenke
St. Luke's Health Care System opens interventional pain management clinic — 5 notes

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