• 'The numbers don't lie': Endoscopy to become more prominent among next generation of spine surgeons
  • Minnesota orthopedic group hit with $111M negligence verdict
  • Orthopedic patient's death highlights potential dangers of prior authorization
  • Spine surgeon killed in Oklahoma hospital shooting
  • Neurosurgeon accepted $3.3M in illegal payments to perform spine surgeries at hospital
  • Spine surgeon gets jail time for abusing patient during hospital visit
  • Providence to pay $22.7M to settle unnecessary spine surgery allegations
  • Texas spine surgeon defending himself from 'Dr. Death 2.0' allegations
  • 'They're on really thin ice': Why 1 insurer has drawn spine surgeons' ire
  • Orthopedic surgeon must face suit in patient's death
  • Spine surgeon 1 of 9 physician billionaires on Forbes' 2022 list
  • Connecticut hospital to appeal $12.5M verdict to family of patient who died after orthopedic surgery
  • 4 spine technologies that promised more than they delivered
  • Orthopedic surgeon's health system exit steeped in controversy
  • Terminated orthopedic surgeon contracts with another New York hospital
  • Texas spine surgeon sued by State Farm over 'unnecessary' procedures
  • 22 hospitals ranked top 25 orthopedic hospitals 3+ years in a row
  • Orthopedic surgeon convicted of battery at hospital
  • UArizona neurosurgery chair dies after motorcycle collision
  • America's largest independent practices by number of spine surgeons
  • Could Medtronic's spine business be the next medtech spinoff?
  • 41 'rising stars' in orthopedics
  • Idaho orthopedic surgeon arrested for alleged misconduct at practice
  • Neurosurgeon's startup hits $1.2B valuation
  • Orthopedic surgeon indicted in $10M telemedicine fraud scheme
  • Orthopedic surgeon salaries in the 5 best, worst states for healthcare
  • New Jersey hospital must pay neurosurgeons $24.3M, appeals court rules
  • Good news, bad news for orthopedic surgeons: 6 observations
  • Why private equity is bettering orthopedics, 3 physician leaders say
  • Florida hospital patients say they were injured during surgeries. Now a physician faces 350 lawsuits.
  • Texas spine surgeon's $11M verdict being appealed
  • A Rutgers physician accused of 'ghost surgeries' will return — but with fewer responsibilities
  • Top orthopedic hospital in every state: US News
  • Rothman Orthopaedics to become national brand, but no 'aspirations to go beyond US'
  • Sports medicine physician fired amid misconduct allegations involving patients
  • Orthopedic surgeon asking for misconduct charges to be dropped
  • Unnecessary spine cases spur class action lawsuit
  • Colorado Supreme Court rejects hospital's bid to enforce $229K spine surgery bill
  • Jury finds neurosurgeon largely responsible for paralysis, awards $15.5M in damages
  • Dr. Jon Yoon performs NHL's 4th disc replacement in 7 months
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      Mohamad Bydon, MD, of Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, operated on Gov. Kristi Noem, according to a Sept. 12 news release from the South Dakota government.
    2. Average orthopedic surgeon wait time up 48% since 2017

      The average wait time to see an orthopedic surgeon is 16.9 days, up from 11.4 days in 2017, a 48% increase, according to Merritt Hawkins' 2022 "Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates."
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      Legent North Houston Surgical Hospital in Tomball, Texas, is under construction and on track to open in January, Community Impact Newspaper reported Sept. 9.

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      Costs of procedures vary between ASCs and HOPDs, with orthopedic procedures for those with original Medicare and no supplement being cheaper at ASCs, according to data from Medicare.gov. 
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      Minnesota State University Mankato has partnered with 3D metal printing company Additive Technologies to develop improved bone implants according to a Sept. 9 release from the 3D Printing Network. 
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      Rush University System for Health has entered a partnership with Franciscan Health hospitals to provide easier access to healthcare in Northwest Indiana. 

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      Orthopedic surgeons at physician-owned groups have outproduced those at hospitals since 2011, according to MGMA. 
    2. Orthopedic surgeon compensation recovery in hospitals, physician-owned groups

      Compensation since 2019 has increased for orthopedic surgeons at physician-owned groups and hospital-owned groups through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to MGMA. 
    3. Acceptance rates at the top 15 medical schools for orthopedic surgeons

      A 2022 report from content platform Kiiky ranked the top 15 medical schools for orthopedic surgeons for the year, with the University of California San Francisco topping the list. 
    4. Number of orthopedic surgeon job openings by state

      According to data from the New England Journal of Medicine's career center, 40 states currently have open orthopedic surgeon jobs.
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      Robotics is still in its infancy in spine surgery, but the technology is expected to play a key role in the future of how spine procedures are performed. 
    2. Johnson & Johnson spent $10B on M&As in last 5 years; spin off on track for 2023

      Johnson & Johnson hit $93.8 billion revenue in 2021, with its medical devices and diagnostics segment earning about $9.8 billion, and the company aims to split into two companies in the next year.
    3. Medacta NextAR surpasses 1,000 cases

      Medacta's NextAR augmented reality shoulder system has been used in more than 1,000 surgeries worldwide, the company said in a Sept. 9 news release. 
    4. AI comparable to experts when determining candidacy for spinal surgery

      Artificial intelligence showed high predictive accuracy when selecting surgical candidates for lumbar spinal stenosis compared to a panel of spine experts, according to a study published in the European Spine Journal.
    5. Spine surgeon steps down as CEO of biologics company

      Kingsley Chin, MD, is stepping down as CEO of NanoFuse Biologics following the company's merger into a newly formed medtech company.
    6. Osteopathic medicine physicians now make up 25 percent of medical school population

      This year, 7,300 doctors of osteopathic medicine have entered the workforce, making DOs 25 percent of the medical school student population, according to a Sept. 8 report from Medscape. 
    7. 6 recent developments in total disc replacements

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      Becker's has reported on four studies since Aug. 23 that spine and orthopedic surgeons should know.
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  • 'The numbers don't lie': Endoscopy to become more prominent among next generation of spine surgeons
  • Minnesota orthopedic group hit with $111M negligence verdict
  • Orthopedic patient's death highlights potential dangers of prior authorization
  • Spine surgeon killed in Oklahoma hospital shooting
  • Neurosurgeon accepted $3.3M in illegal payments to perform spine surgeries at hospital
  • Spine surgeon gets jail time for abusing patient during hospital visit
  • Providence to pay $22.7M to settle unnecessary spine surgery allegations
  • Texas spine surgeon defending himself from 'Dr. Death 2.0' allegations
  • 'They're on really thin ice': Why 1 insurer has drawn spine surgeons' ire
  • Orthopedic surgeon must face suit in patient's death
  • Spine surgeon 1 of 9 physician billionaires on Forbes' 2022 list
  • Connecticut hospital to appeal $12.5M verdict to family of patient who died after orthopedic surgery
  • 4 spine technologies that promised more than they delivered
  • Orthopedic surgeon's health system exit steeped in controversy
  • Terminated orthopedic surgeon contracts with another New York hospital
  • Texas spine surgeon sued by State Farm over 'unnecessary' procedures
  • 22 hospitals ranked top 25 orthopedic hospitals 3+ years in a row
  • Orthopedic surgeon convicted of battery at hospital
  • UArizona neurosurgery chair dies after motorcycle collision
  • America's largest independent practices by number of spine surgeons
  • Could Medtronic's spine business be the next medtech spinoff?
  • 41 'rising stars' in orthopedics
  • Idaho orthopedic surgeon arrested for alleged misconduct at practice
  • Neurosurgeon's startup hits $1.2B valuation
  • Orthopedic surgeon indicted in $10M telemedicine fraud scheme
  • Orthopedic surgeon salaries in the 5 best, worst states for healthcare
  • New Jersey hospital must pay neurosurgeons $24.3M, appeals court rules
  • Good news, bad news for orthopedic surgeons: 6 observations
  • Why private equity is bettering orthopedics, 3 physician leaders say
  • Florida hospital patients say they were injured during surgeries. Now a physician faces 350 lawsuits.
  • Texas spine surgeon's $11M verdict being appealed
  • A Rutgers physician accused of 'ghost surgeries' will return — but with fewer responsibilities
  • Top orthopedic hospital in every state: US News
  • Rothman Orthopaedics to become national brand, but no 'aspirations to go beyond US'
  • Sports medicine physician fired amid misconduct allegations involving patients
  • Orthopedic surgeon asking for misconduct charges to be dropped
  • Unnecessary spine cases spur class action lawsuit
  • Colorado Supreme Court rejects hospital's bid to enforce $229K spine surgery bill
  • Jury finds neurosurgeon largely responsible for paralysis, awards $15.5M in damages
  • Dr. Jon Yoon performs NHL's 4th disc replacement in 7 months