Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. SI-Bone's CMS boost, Zimmer Biomet's new exec and more: 6 device company notes

    Medtronic finalizes a $1.1 billion acquisition and five more updates from spine and orthopedic device companies in the last week:
  2. The 'musical chairs' playing out in orthopedics

    Grant Zarzour, MD, is observing private equity, management service organizations and other forms of partnerships in orthopedics closely.
  3. Zimmer Biomet CFO joins medtech board

    Zimmer Biomet Executive Vice President and CFO Suketu Upadhyay was elected to Vertex's board of directors.

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  1. Intraoperative neuromonitoring company sees 83% jump in Q1 cases

    Intraoperative neuromonitoring company Assure Holdings posted 5,100 managed cases in the first quarter of 2022.
  2. Kuros Biosciences adds to MagnetOS bone graft line

    Kuros Biosciences launched the MagnetOs Easypack Putty in the U.S.
  3. New Tennessee hospital will mostly cater to orthopedic surgeries

    West Tennessee Healthcare's North Hospital has opened and will primarily be used to perform orthopedic surgeries, such as joint replacements and sports medicine procedures, the Jackson Sun reported May 17.
  4. Spine surgeons' biggest threats

    Fighting for the approval of minimally invasive alternatives to spinal fusion; non-surgeons performing certain spine procedures; and insurers too often dictating care decisions are some of the biggest threats to spine surgeons today, three specialists told Becker's.

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  1. Spine surgeon completes 100th robotic-assisted surgery

    Andrew Kokkino, MD, recently completed his 100th robotic-assisted spine surgery with the ExcelsiusGPS robot in Springfield, Ore. 
  2. Baptist Memorial expects partnership to streamline spine center payments

    Baptist Memorial Health Care's Brain & Spine Network Center of Excellence in Memphis, Tenn., partnered with Cedar Gate Technologies to support its Brain and Spine Center of Excellence.
  3. Spinal imaging system hits 1K US cases

    Viseon's MaxView intraoperative spinal imaging system surpassed 1,000 cases in the U.S., the company said May 18.
  4. 657 medical devices earn breakthrough designation, 71 for orthopedics

    Since its inception in 2015, the FDA's breakthrough designation has been awarded to 657 products across 19 areas. Orthopedics is among the top-earning specialties.
  1. 3 Northwell Health hospitals get advanced spine certification

    Three Northwell Health hospitals have been named Advanced Spine Centers of Excellence by The Joint Commission. 
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins player undergoes knee surgery

    Pittsburgh Penguins center Brian Boyle had surgery at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside in Pittsburgh, the team said May 16.
  3. Sports medicine physician killed in California shooting

    A sports medicine specialist was killed May 15 in a shooting that wounded four others in Orange County, Calif., CBS reported May 16.
  4. California orthopedic surgeon to get lifetime achievement award

    Orthopedic surgeon Stephen Snyder, MD, will be awarded the Arthroscopy Association of North America's lifetime achievement award at the organization's annual meeting in San Francisco on May 19.
  5. Orthopedic surgeon wants $20M DePuy Synthes verdict tripled

    Orthopedic surgeon Gary Lynn Rasmussen, MD, is arguing that the $20 million verdict he won against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Synthes should be tripled to $60 million, according to Law360.
  6. FDA breakthrough designations grow since 2019: Where do orthopedic devices stand?

    The number of medical devices earning FDA's breakthrough designation has grown exponentially in recent years, and many were given to orthopedic products.
  7. Hartford Healthcare adds Prodisc L

    Hartford (Conn.) Healthcare added the Prodisc L artificial disc to its services.
  8. Dr. Sravisht Iyer completes 100th robotic spine surgery

    Sravisht Iyer, MD, recently completed his 100th robotic-assisted spine surgery with the ExcelsiusGPS robot in New York City.
  9. Spine device could get up to $9,800 Medicare payment boost

    CMS has granted its new technology add-on payment to SI-Bone's iFuse Bedrock Granite implant, which received the FDA's breakthrough device designation in November and is designed for sacroiliac fusion and sacropelvic fixation.

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