May/June 2017 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

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May/June 2017 Issue of Becker's Spine Review

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The Next 5 Years for Spine Surgery in ASCs: Key Thoughts from Dr. Frank Phillips
Frank Phillips, MD, co-founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush in Chicago discusses how spine surgery will evolve over the next half-decade.Click to Continue >>

Bundled Payments in Spine: Big Trends from Dr. Stephen Hochschuler
Plano-based Texas Back Institute Co-founder Stephen Hochschuler, MD, examines bundled payments and global episodes of care for spine surgery in this article. Click to Continue >>  

20 Things to Know about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
The minimally invasive spine surgery market is expected to grow at a 7.57 percent compound annual growth rate through 2020. Click to Continue >>


Dr. Todd Albert: 5 Key Thoughts on the Future of Orthopedics
Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief and medical director for New York Citybased Hospital for Special Surgery, recently discussed the future of orthopedics in an interview with MedscapeClick to Continue >>

Spinal Fusion Price in 30 Largest US Cities
Of the 30 largest cities in the U.S., San Jose, Calif., is the most expensive place to receive cervical spine surgery, according to Healthcare Blue Book. Click to Continue >>

Swedish-Cherry Hill Neuroscience Chair Dr. Johnny Delashaw Steps Down Amid Investigation
Johnny B. Delashaw, MD, resigned from his post as chair of the Seattle-based Swedish Neuroscience Institute on the Cherry Hill campus on March 1, 2017, amid a state health regulatory investigation into complaints filed against him, The Seattle Times reports. Click to Continue >>

Spine Care Under the Trump Administration: What Can Surgeons Expect?
Question: What are some of the biggest opportunities for spine surgeons under the new administration?. Click to Continue >>

Performing OLLIF Instead of TLIF Could Save $2.7B per Year: 5 Key Notes
Inspired Spine presented a study on the economic performance of oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion at the Spine Summit 2017 in Las Vegas. Click to Continue >>

Private Practice in Spine Surgery: Key Challenges & Opportunities from Dr. Scott Blumenthal
Scott Blumenthal, MD, co-founder of the Center for Disc Replacement Texas Back Institute in Plano, discusses big challenges and opportunities for private practice spine surgeons today. Click to Continue >>

How Spine ASCs Fit Into the Future of Healthcare: Key Thoughts from Dr. Anthony Yeung
Anthony Yeung, MD, founder of Desert Institute for Spine Care in Phoenix, discusses his thoughts on how spine surgery will evolve over the next five years. Click to Continue >>

How to Successfully Implement Price Transparency — 4 Insights
As consumers become increasingly price savvy when shopping for healthcare, organizations will get a leg up with price transparency policies. Click to Continue >>

American College of Physicians Releases New Guidelines for Treating Low Back Pain: 5 Key Points
American College of Physicians offers new guidelines for how physicians should treat low back pain, in an article published in Annals of Internal MedicineClick to Continue >>

How Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons can Stay Independent: Key Opportunities from Dr. Brian Gantwerker
Brian Gantwerker, MD, founder of The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles, discusses key opportunities for private practice spine surgeons in the future. Click to Continue >>

5 Key Notes on Posterior Spinal Fusion for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: Is TLIF Necessary?
A new study published in Spine examines whether transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion makes an impact for patients undergoing surgery for one-level lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis with the posterior approach. Click to Continue >>

North American Vertebroplasty Market to Fall from $72M in 2016 to $29.4M by 2023 — 5 Observations
The North American vertebroplasty market will likely witness a 12 percent negative compound annual growth rate through 2023, according to a GlobalData analysis.Click to Continue >>

Johnson & Johnson, US Defense Dept. Reach $260M Deal on Orthopedic Devices — 4 Takeaways
Johnson & Johnson was awarded a contract to supply the U.S. Defense Department with orthopedic devices, according to Mass Device. Click to Continue >>


10 Things to Know About Medtronic
Medtronic is one of the world’s largest medical device companies.Click here to Continue >>

5 Key Thoughts on Healthcare from Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky
Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky spoke to CNBC about the U.S. healthcare system from the China Development Forum in Beijing. Click here to Continue >>

10 Things to Know About Stryker
Founded by a Michigan physician who wished to ease his patients’ struggles in 1941, Stryker Corp. now sells its medical devices in over 100 countries around the world. Click here to continue >>

10 Things to Know About Zimmer Biomet
Zimmer and Biomet were two medical device giants operating in the same small Indiana town until their 2015 merger. Click here to Continue >>

Gap Between Knee Implant Selling Price and Insurance Payment Tops $225M; Hip Implants Top $199M: 5 Key Notes
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined the estimated difference between the purchase price and insurance payment for knee and hip replacement implants. Click here to Continue >>

Medtronic Sells Medical Products Business for $6.1B — 6 Takeaways
Medtronic sold various monitoring and recovery products to Cardinal Health to promote better company portfolio management, according to the Star TribuneClick here to continue >>

DePuy Synthes Acquires 3-D Technology From Tissue Regeneration System — 5 Takeaways
Orthopedic device company DePuy Synthes  acquired Tissue Regeneration System’s 3-D technology to boost its trauma platform and better treat bone defects. Click here to Continue >>

Slight Drop in Q1 Johnson & Johnson Orthopedic Sales, Hitting $2.3B: 5 Key Notes
Johnson & Johnson  reported  orthopedic sales dropped slightly in the first quarter of 2017. Click here to Continue >>

Mazor Robotics Brings in Record Year With $36.4M in 2016 Revenue — 16 Highlights
Mazor Robotics released its financial results for fourth quarter and full year, ended Dec. 31, 2016. Click here to continue >>

SpineGuard and Zavation’s DSG SmartScrew Offers 1-step Insertion — 6 Key Notes
SpineGuard and Zavation have announced the successful completion of 20 U.S.-based surgeries using dynamic surgical guidance SmartScrew technology. Click here to continue >>

10 States With Highest Percentage of Medicare Beneficiaries
Here are the states with the highest percentage of people on Medicare, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Click here to continue >>

Lateral Lumbar Spinal Fusion for Adjacent Segment Disease: 5 Key Findings
A new study published in Spine examines single-level lateral lumbar interbody fusion for patients undergoing surgery due to adjacent segment disease. Click here to continue >>

Medacta Offers 4-step Program for Surgeons to Successfully Perform Outpatient Hip, Knee & Spine Surgery
Medacta designs joint and spine surgery products for the outpatient setting. Click here to continue >>

Spineology’s Elite Expandable Interbody Fusion System Granted Expanded FDA Clearance — 5 Details
Spineology has  announced  expanded FDA clearance of its Elite Expandable Interbody Fusion System. Click here to continue >>

Do Overlapping Neurosurgeries Have Worse Outcomes? Not Always, According to New Study: 5 Key Notes
A new Phoenix-based study examines whether overlapping neurosurgeries have different outcomes than non-overlapping procedures; the findings were surprising, according to an article posted in Medscape. Click here to continue >>


Best & Worst Patient Outcomes — Patients May Now Compare US Surgeons by Name
Consumers will now be able to  identify which surgeons are among the best and worst for patient outcomes, thanks to a Nonprofit Consumers’ Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services analysis. Click here to Continue >>

Physician Salaries: Which States’ Physicians Earn the Most & More — 5 Key Takeaways
In its 2016  Physician Compensation Report,  Medscape polled over 19,200 physicians to determine physician compensation based on specialty, U.S. region, state, gender and more. Click here to Continue >>

No Smoking: Why Many Physicians Refuse to Operate on Smokers — 8 Takeaways
Physicians are turning smokers away with increasing regularity, according to The Charlotte ObserverClick here to Continue >>

15 Things to Know About Spine in ASCs
Here are 15 things to know about spine in ASCs. Click here to Continue >>

What Will it Take for Independent Practice to Survive & Thrive Today?
Five spine surgeons weigh in on the future of independent practice in America. Click here to Continue >>

Why Rothman Institute Partnered With Northwell Health, and Where They Will Expand in the Future
In April, Philadelphia-based Rothman Institute announced a strategic affiliation with New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health, which will expand their geographic footprint. Click here to Continue >>

5 Milestones for Titan Spine's Endoskeleton With nanoLOCK Surface Technology
Titan Spine experienced several milestones in the first quarter of 2017 as a company and with the Endoskeleton titanium interbody fusion device that includes nanoLOCK surface technology. Click here to Continue >>

5 Countries Prioritizing Stem Cell Treatments
Five countries lead the way in stem cell medication clinical trials administered between 1999 and 2016, according to The National Institute of Food and Drug Safety in South Korea. Click here to Continue >>


10 Best and Worst States for Physicians
Most of the worst states for physicians are in the Northeast, according to an analysis by WalletHub. Click here to Continue >>

Mayo Clinic to Give Preference to Privately Insured Over Medicaid, Medicare Patients
Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy, MD, told employees in a recent speech that the Rochester, Minn.-based system will “prioritize” patients with private insurance over Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries if the patients have similar conditions and seek care at the same time, according to the Minneapolis Star TribuneClick here to Continue >>

Cleveland Clinic’s Operating Income Plummets 71%
Cleveland Clinic saw revenues increase in 2016, but higher labor, supplies and pharmaceutical costs dragged down the 14-hospital system’s operating income.Click here to Continue >>

Key West Commissioner: CHS Hospital’s Profit Margin is ‘Obscene and Unconscionable’
Key West, Fla., commissioners are concerned about the high prices patients face at Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West, which is part of Franklin, Tenn.- based Community Health Systems. Click here to Continue >>

Arizona Hospital Falls Into Bankruptcy Less Than 2 Years After Opening
Green Valley (Ariz.) Hospital is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy less than two years after it opened. Click here to Continue >>

Banner Health Issues Another Round of Layoffs as it Restructures Operations
Phoenix-based Banner Health is laying off more employees, including its top public relations executive, as it restructures operations, according to the Phoenix Business Journal. Click here to Continue >>

10 Largest US Health Systems: Which Had the Biggest Revenue Increase in 2016?
Nine out of the 10 largest health systems in the U.S. reported revenue increases from 2015 to 2016. Click here to Continue >>

CMS Delays Major Bundled Payment Initiatives: 6 Things to Know
CMS issued an interim final rule that delays implementation of cardiac care bundled payment initiatives and  expansion  of the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model. Click here to Continue >>

CHI Lays Off 459 Employees in Texas
Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives’ Texas division has laid off 459 employees and will leave 161 vacant positions unfilled, according to the Houston Business JournalClick here to Continue >>

How These 3 Trends Will Impact ASCs Moving Forward
Vertess, a healthcare-focused merger and acquisition firm, predicts three healthcare trends that will change the ASC industry. Click here to Continue >>

Average PA Income by Specialty in 2016
Physician assistants earned an average income of more than $104,000 in 2016, but in some specialties, average pay was nearly $120,000, according to  survey data from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Click here to Continue >>

5 Health Systems With Strong Finances
Here are five health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions according to recent reports from Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings. Click here to Continue >>

Raising the Nation’s ‘Guts Quotient’ — 5 Thoughts on the Future of Healthcare from Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove
When Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, was a high school junior, his father took him to visit a family friend who was a college professor. Click here to Continue >>

RAND Study: MACRA Could Cause $250B Drop in Hospital Medicare Revenue by 2030
Depending on the amount of risk physicians choose to take on under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, hospitals’ Medicare revenue could drop by $250 billion by 2030 or it could increase by $32 billion, according to a study published in Health AffairsClick here to Continue >>

Trump Appoints Nurse to Serve as Acting Surgeon General
Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, was installed as acting surgeon general on April 21 after the Trump administration asked Vivek Murthy, MD, to resign, according to The New York TimesClick here to Continue >>

Truven Names 15 Top Health Systems for 2017
Truven Health Analytics, a healthcare data and analytics solutions provider, has released its ninth annual list of the nation’s 15 top health systems. Click here to Continue >>

5 Key Statistics on US Companies' Healthcare Costs
A Castlight Health infographic highlights the escalating healthcare costs companies accrue annually. Click here to Continue >>

16 Financial and Operational Trends for ASCs
Here are 16 trends for the ASC industry, including financial, operational and market acquisition statistics. Click here to Continue >>

HCA to Change its Name — Again
Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Holdings board of directors voted last week to rework the company's name, CEO Milton Johnson said on an earnings call Tuesday. Click here to Continue >>

10 Things to Know About Healthcare Collections and Patient Financial Responsibility | 2017
The prevalence of high-deductible health plans — and the resulting increase in patients' financial obligation — have pushed hospitals to consider new means of collection to protec

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