Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Fake orthopedic companies involved in $48M billing fraud, money laundering scheme

    Five fake medical supply businesses, including two that posed as orthopedic companies, allegedly defrauded federal and commercial insurers of more than $48 million over two years, the Justice Department said in an April 27 news release.
  2. How big is too big for orthopedic supergroups? 3 surgeons on the consolidation trend

    Consolidation has risen among orthopedic practices during the pandemic, with four supergroups of 100-plus physicians recently formed in Texas, Florida, Tennessee and New Jersey. More independent practices are considering such partnerships with like-minded groups to provide a launch pad for growth and guard against increasing administrative and economic hurdles.
  3. Connecticut hospital to appeal $12.5M verdict to family of patient who died after orthopedic surgery

    A jury awarded $12.5 million to the family of a man who died after having thigh surgery in 2015, the Connecticut Post reported April 27.

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  1. Neurosurgeon debuts robotic-assisted cranial biopsy at Tennessee hospital

    Robert Rice, MD, recently completed the first tumor biopsy with the ExcelsiusGPS Cranial Solutions at Bristol (Tenn.) Regional Medical Center.
  2. 4 upcoming orthopedic hospitals costing more than $500M

    Multiple specialty orthopedic hospitals have plans to open in the next few years, and the sum of these projects is about $506 million.
  3. Camber Spine snags 47th patent allowance

    Camber Spine received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its Variant Retractor.
  4. 10 devices receiving patents since 2020

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patents to multiple innovative spine and orthopedic devices since 2020.

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  1. Globus Medical CEO shift, new artificial disc data and more: 8 medtech notes

    A milestone in an artificial disc trial and seven more updates from spine and orthopedic device companies in the last week:
  2. 10 spine surgeons to know

    A physician leading robotics business at a medtech company and nine more spine surgeons to know:
  3. How spine surgery will evolve with AI, analytics

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning are emerging as disruptive technologies that have the potential to significantly improve clinical decision-making in spine surgery.
  4. 50 surgeons join National Spine Health Foundation board

    The National Spine Health Foundation formed a 50-physician medical and scientific board.
  1. EmergeOrtho names CFO

    Donald Brelsford was named CFO of Durham, N.C.-based EmergeOrtho.
  2. Lumbar interbody fusion device design gets US patent

    CTL Amedica was recently granted a U.S. patent for its Klimt expandable lumbar interbody fusion cage design.
  3. Bioventus to sell $415M in senior notes

    Bioventus intends to sell $415 million worth of senior notes in a private offering. 
  4. 7 Hospital for Special Surgery moves in 2022

    From surgical pioneering to facility expansions, here are seven stories related to New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery that Becker's has covered in 2022:
  5. Dr. Lawrence Gulotta named head orthopedist for New York Mets

    The New York Mets tapped orthopedic surgeon Lawrence Gulotta, MD, as the team's head orthopedist.
  6. Valley Health adds 2 joint replacement robots

    Valley Health has implemented Stryker's Mako robot for joint replacements at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center and Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, W.Va., the Royal Examiner reported April 25.
  7. Ohio orthopedic group approved for $15M; expansion to add up to 12 jobs

    The Western Reserve Port Authority approved issuing a revenue bond of up to $15 million to support the expansion of Youngstown (Ohio) Orthopaedic Associates, the Youngstown Business Journal reported April 20. 
  8. NuVasive's limb-lengthening system hits peer-reviewed publications milestone

    More than 100 peer-reviewed articles have been published about NuVasive's Precice system for limb lengthening.
  9. Spine practice founder named chief medical officer of medtech company

    Kenneth Renkens, MD, a retired neurosurgeon and co-founder of Carmel-based Indiana Spine Group is the new chief medical officer of devicemaker Medcura.

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