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  1. Arthrex to pay $16M to settle kickback allegations

    Devicemaker Arthrex agreed to pay $16 million to resolve kickback allegations involving a Colorado orthopedic surgeon, the U.S. Justice Department said Nov. 8.
  2. 10 orthopedic surgeons to know

    The chief of shoulder surgery at Vanderbilt Sports Medicine Medical Center, and nine other orthopedic surgeons to know:
  3. 5 orthopedic surgeon moves in October

    The new CEO of a medical technology company and four more orthopedic surgeons who joined new practices or assumed new titles in October:
  1. How Alphatec, Globus Medical and SeaSpine performed in Q3

    Alphatec, Globus Medical and SeaSpine posted their third-quarter financial reports, and all of them saw increased revenues year over year.
  2. Spine, orthopedic implant company closes $3.35M in investment

    Happe Spine, a company developing spine and orthopedic implants, closed $3.35 million in series A capital.
  3. Florida surgeon allegedly billed patients for spinal fusions he never performed

    Retired Lake Worth Beach, Fla., surgeon Merrill Reuter, MD, is being sued for allegedly billing at least 34 patients for spinal fusions he never performed, according to a Nov. 8 The Palm Beach Post report. 
  4. Spinal Elements' 3D-printed interbody system debuts in Ohio and Hawaii

    The first clinical cases with Spinal Elements' Lucent 3D-printed lumbar interbody system were completed at Hawaii Pacific Health in Honolulu and Youngstown Orthopedics Associates in Canfield, Ohio.

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  1. Former Johnson & Johnson exec joins orthopedic device company

    Conformis named James Paiva as its vice president of U.S. marketing, the company said Nov. 8.
  2. Medtronic pledges to reach carbon neutrality by 2030

    Medtronic plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by fiscal year 2045, the company announced Nov. 8.
  3. Johnson & Johnson, Globus Medical ink acquisitions for robotic strategy

    A robotics company and the developer of a minimally invasive surgical drill are two of the latest acquisitions in the orthopedic medtech industry:
  4. Neurosurgeons urge Biden to fix surprise medical billing law

    Neurosurgeons have thrown their support behind a bipartisan letter from 152 members of the U.S. House of Representatives that calls on the Biden administration to update the interim final rule by including a key section from the No Surprises Act.
  1. New AR spine system nabs U.S. patent, earns award

    Bedford, Mass.-based OnPoint Surgical received an award for an augmented reality spine surgery patent that was granted in June, the company said Nov. 8.
  2. Mayo Clinic begins orthopedics, neurosurgery at facility getting $4.5M renovation

    Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague, Minn., has begun offering neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery as it nears completion of a $4.5 million surgical expansion, KEYC News reported Nov. 5.
  3. Yale opens orthopedic, neurology center in Connecticut

    Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health opened an orthopedic and neurology center at the Masonicare senior living community in Wallingford, Conn., the Record-Journal reported Nov. 4.
  4. 5 updates from Hospital for Special Surgery in 60 days

    From a landmark knee replacement to plans for new construction, here are five updates from New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery since Sept. 6.
  5. A new era in spinal fusion: 3 surgeons weigh in on the emergence of osteoimmunology and bone graft technology

    Over the past few decades, rates of spinal fusions have steadily risen. However, pseudarthrosis rates— an indicator of unsuccessful spinal fusion — have not improved enough in the past 20 years to reduce the overall non-unions. With a growing number of spinal fusions, a constant pseudarthrosis rate means that each year there are more non-unions, many of which require revision surgery.
  6. Globus Medical sets Excelsius 3D launch for 2021, acquires surgical drill company: 5 Q3 notes

    Globus Medical saw an uptick in revenue year over year in the third quarter, and CEO Dave Demski said in an earnings call that the Excelsius 3D imaging system is expected to launch before the end of the year.
  7. Alphatec Q3 revenue jumps 53%: 5 notes

    Alphatec grew its surgeon user base by 20 percent year over year in the third quarter of 2021, according to financial results posted Nov. 4.
  8. How Zimmer Biomet, Stryker, Smith+Nephew compare in Q3

    Zimmer Biomet, Stryker and Smith+Nephew all recently reported their third quarter results. While Smith+Nephew and Zimmer Biomet saw dips in orthopedic performance, Stryker saw revenue gains.
  9. Spinal arthroplasty system shows positive outcomes after a year: study

    A study of Premia Spine's Tops spinal arthroplasty system found positive patient outcomes at the six-week and 12-month marks.

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