Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. CMS cuts physician pay, adds 5 orthopedic codes to ASC payable list

    CMS released final rules for the 2024 Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Nov. 2, and spine and orthopedic surgeons will see changes next year.
  2. NASS to 'reduce' board of directors

    The North American Spine Society is reducing the size of its board of directors, the organization's president, Zoher Ghogawala, MD, said Nov. 3.
  3. Stryker's Q3 revenue rises 9.6%: 7 notes

    Stryker on Nov. 2 posted $4.9 billion in third quarter net sales.

Maximizing ASC Performance in Orthopedics and Beyond through New Technologies and KPIs

Sponsored
It's time to level up your ASC. Learn how to use technology and KPIs to elevate your surgery center here.
  1. The definition of complex spine surgery is changing. Here's how.

    Spine surgery has evolved dramatically in recent decades as new technology and techniques have made some procedures more minimally invasive, efficient and quicker to recover from. In some cases, surgeries that once required a lengthy hospital stay can now be done in a few hours at most, with patients going home the same day.
  2. Dr. Michael Ast named chief medical officer of Ospitek

    Michael Ast, MD, of New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery was named chief medical officer of Ospitek, the medtech company said Nov. 2.
  3. New Hampshire health system adds 2 orthopedic surgeons

    Concord Hospital Orthopaedics-Laconia (N.H.) expanded its orthopedic surgery team with two additions. 
  4. Hospitals face financial losses for every knee, hip replacement performed

    For the last three years, hospitals have averaged losses for every inpatient primary hip replacement they have performed, and over two years have averaged losses for every inpatient primary knee replacement, according to an Oct. 26 "Strata and Syntellis Performance Trends" report, which reviewed data from 2,000 hospitals and 135,000 physicians nationwide. 

Maximizing ASC Performance in Orthopedics and Beyond through New Technologies and KPIs

Sponsored
It's time to level up your ASC. Learn how to use technology and KPIs to elevate your surgery center here.
  1. Centinel Spine's Prodisc revenue exceeds $17M in Q3: 8 things to know

    Centinel Spine, a global medical device company and the creator of the Prodisc total disc replacement product line, has exceeded $17 million in revenue in the third quarter of the year, its highest grossing quarter to date. 
  2. NFL players turned orthopedic surgeons

    After retiring from the NFL, several former players have turned to careers in orthopedic and spine surgery or other specialties, with some even serving the teams they played for. 
  3. Inpatient orthopedic surgical volume falling rapidly

    The volume of orthopedic procedures occurring in the outpatient setting is now 33 times higher than the volume of procedures in the inpatient setting, according to an Oct. 26 "Strata and Syntellis Performance Trends" report, which reviewed data from 2,000 hospitals and 135,000 physicians nationwide. 
  4. Physicians still fighting prior authorization battles over removed codes

    While UnitedHealthcare has recently taken steps to remove several orthopedic and spine codes from its list of procedures requiring prior authorization, surgeons are not necessarily seeing positive outcomes from code removals. 
  1. Oklahoma hospital adds Mako robot

    Integris Health Edmond (Okla.) Hospital has added a Stryker Mako robot for joint replacement procedures, according to a Nov. 2 report from The Journal Record.
  2. Court upholds $2.8M verdict in botched spine case

    A woman who won a $2.8 million verdict in a case against a spine surgeon will be able to keep the money, according to an Oct. 31 opinion from the Arizona Court of Appeals.
  3. The best advice from 4 spine surgeons' younger peers

    Career mentorship can be a two-way street where both parties learn from each other. Here is what four spine surgeons have learned from younger physicians in the field.
  4. ZimVie reports $10.6M decrease in spine sales in Q3

    Spine and dental devicemaker ZimVie has reported $202.9 million in third-party net sales in the third quarter of the year, down 4.9% from the third quarter of 2022. 
  5. UPMC Neurological Institute names neurosurgery chief

    John Braca, III, MD, was named chief of neurosurgery at the UPMC Neurological Institute and hospital services in central and north central Pennsylvania, Tri-State Alert reported Nov. 1.
  6. FloSpine earns FDA clearance for KeyLift system

    FloSpine earned FDA 510(k) clearance for its KeyLift expandable interlaminar stabilization system, according to a Nov. 1 news release.
  7. UnitedHealthcare's prior authorization removals just 'payer antics,' surgeons say

    Nov. 1 marks a new wave of prior authorization code eliminations from UnitedHealthcare, which announced plans to drop prior authorization requirements by 20% in August. 
  8. OrthoAlliance opens MRI facility

    OrthoAlliance is opening an MRI facility in New Albany, Ohio.
  9. Dr. David Karli opens orthopedic regenerative medicine center

    David Karli, MD, has opened an orthopedic regenerative medicine center focusing on bone marrow concentrate and micronized fat stem cell therapies in Miami, Fla.

Featured Podcast

Top 40 Articles from the Past 6 Months