ACP ‘strongly opposes’ enforcing work requirements for Medicaid

January 11, 2018
ACP emphasized its strong opposition to restricting access to health care coverage through Medicaid based on employment status. The Trump…

Nevro receives FDA approval for next-generation spinal cord stimulation system

January 11, 2018
Nevro Corp. announced it has received FDA approval for its next-generation Senza II Spinal Cord Stimulation System. Delivering HF10 therapy, the…
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VIDEO: Orthopedic surgeons stay ahead of the issue of concussions in sports

January 10, 2018
“The bottom line is though, we have to do better at identifying [concussions] and taking the player away from the game if we suspect a…
In the Journals

Black children experience higher risk of mortality after surgery

January 10, 2018
Risk factors for mortality after surgery, including use of ventilation, oxygen support and wound infections, are more prevalent in black children…

Task force found insufficient evidence for, against recommended screening for AIS

January 9, 2018
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found the current evidence insufficient for making a recommendation for or against the screening of…

U.S. physicians create 12.6 million jobs, $2.3 trillion in economic activity

January 8, 2018
Physicians in the United States supported 12.6 million jobs and generated $2.3 trillion in annual economic activity in 2015, proving to be vital…
In the Journals

Significant pain relief, decrease in opioid use seen with SI joint fusion system

January 6, 2018
Results from a recently published study demonstrated sacroiliac fusion using a new minimally invasive sacroiliac fusion system was safe and linked…

NuVasive announces expanded FDA clearance of thoracolumbar, cervical interbody fusion devices

January 5, 2018
NuVasive Inc. announced an expanded FDA 510(k) clearance for the Coalesce thoracolumbar interbody fusion device and Cohere cervical interbody fusion…

CMS launches program for submitting 2017 performance data

January 3, 2018
The CMS recently launched a web-based program that eligible clinicians can use to provide 2017 performance data required under the Medicare Access…
From OT Europe

19th EFORT Congress in Barcelona: Relying on innovation to address complex spine deformities

Orthopaedics Today Europe, January 2018
The first and major aim of innovation is to actively influence the decision-making of any physician via new possibilities to overcome the limitations…

2017 saw record number of FDA approvals for drugs

January 1, 2018
The FDA approved 46 drugs in 2017, tying a record set for approvals in 2015. Cancer medications led the way, with 16 oncology and 11 hematology drugs…

Social media analysis reveals misunderstandings related to sports TBI

Orthopedics Today, January 2018
An analysis of Twitter tweets showed the public has mixed perceptions of and sentiment toward traumatic brain injuries and concussion in sports…
In the Journals

Bouts of intense exercise do not exacerbate sacroiliac joint inflammation

December 28, 2017
An MRI screening of the sacroiliac joints showed that a large proportion of healthy, active individuals who lack any back-pain symptoms nonetheless…

Centinel Spine acquires prodisc total disc replacement portfolio

December 27, 2017
Centinel Spine has announced the acquisition of the worldwide assets of the prodisc Total Disc Replacement portfolio from DePuy Synthes Products Inc…
In the Journals

Gram-negative organisms after spine surgery were not reduced with vancomycin powder

December 27, 2017
Although vancomycin powder was associated with a reduction in gram-positive organisms in spine deformity reconstruction surgeries, researchers also…

AMA, AAFP react to CHIP short-term funding reprieve

December 22, 2017
Congress approved a stopgap budget last night that includes $2.85 billion in funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through March…

DePuy Synthes launches MIS discectomy device in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

December 21, 2017
DePuy Synthes announced the launch of its Concorde clear minimally invasive discectomy device in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. According to a…

CMS offers tips on accepting new Medicare cards in practices in 2018

December 20, 2017
In April 2018, every Medicare beneficiary will receive a new Medicare card that eliminates the need for Social Security numbers, which will help to…

VIDEO: Percutaneous stabilization of a T12 fracture and L5 fracture

December 20, 2017
In this video from Open Operating Theatre, Matti Scholz, MD, from the BG Unfallklinik, Center for Spine Surgery and Neurotraumatology

ACP urges salary equality for physicians

December 20, 2017
ACP recently released a new position statement advocating for physicians to receive equitable compensation based on comparable work rather than…