8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — April 12, 2018

Written by Megan Wood | April 12, 2018 | Print  |

Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for April 12, 2018.

Denver hospital may have exposed spine, orthopedic patients to HIV, hepatitis in infection control breach
An infection control breach at Denver-based Porter Adventist Hospital may have put orthopedic and spine surgery patients at risk for surgical site infections or hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV, according to a statement from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Read more, here.

Orthopedic, spine device companies that may be affected by Trump's 25% tariff proposal
President Donald Trump recently proposed a 25 percent tariff on a list of products from China. Some of the items on the list include magnetic resonance imaging electro-diagnostic apparatuses, orthopedic or fracture appliances and artificial joints. Orthopedic and spine companies are among those who could be affected by the proposed tariff. While not all companies are based in China, many have distribution and manufacturing agreements. See which ones may be impacted, here

Annual physician compensation for 29 specialties
Medscape surveyed more than 20,000 physicians across more than 29 specialties on compensation. Specialists earn an average salary of $329,000 in 2018, up from $316,000 in 2017, and primary care physicians earn an average salary of $223,000, up from $217,000. Click here to see the breakdown by specialty.
https://www.beckersspine.com/orthopedic-spine-practices-improving-profits/item/40667-annual-physician-compensation-for-29-specialties-orthopedics-no-2-at-497k.html

Neurosurgeon Dr. Akram Mahmoud brings neurosurgery back to Frye Regional Medical Center
Hickory, N.C.-based Frye Regional Medical Center hired neurosurgeon Akram Mahmoud, DO. With Dr. Mahmoud's addition, the medical center now offers neurosurgical services for the first time in more than a decade.

US News adds patient experience ratings to physician profiles
U.S. News & World Report collaborated with Binary Fountain to add patient experience ratings to online physician profiles. Through this partnership, U.S. News will now publish Binary Fountain's patient experience ratings on its physician profile pages.

Stryker employee admits to accepting $75k bribe to secure contract
Alleged Stryker employee Daniel Lawrynowicz pled guilty to one count of violating the Federal Travel Act, according to Patch. Eugene Ostrovsky sought out a $5.5 million contract with Stryker. He and two other individuals paid Mr. Lawrynowicz bribes to secure the contract. The Stryker employee faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He must also return the $75,000 bribe. Read more about the case, here

Larry Nassar fined $1M, medical license permanently revoked
The Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery permanently revoked Larry Nassar's medical license and fined him $1 million, wlns.com reports. Mr. Nassar had his license temporarily revoked in January 2017.

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issues advisory on opioid overdose-reversing drug
On April 5, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, issued an advisory on HHS.gov regarding naloxone. The advisory urged more Americans to carry naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversing drug. Every state has expanded access to naloxone, and many passed laws that protect healthcare professionals prescribing the drug and citizens who administer the drug to those in an emergency.

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Neurosurgeon Dr. Akram Mahmoud brings neurosurgery back to Frye Regional Medical Center: 5 things to know
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