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For Your Health: When is it appropriate for me to see a neurosurgeon?

By Admin | December 18, 2018

Despite the fact that neurosurgery is critical to treating a variety of medical conditions — from brain tumors and strokes to aneurysms, disorders of the spine and more — many people don’t know much about it. For one thing, many think that neurosurgery simply refers to brain surgery — and while it does include brain surgery, it also encompasses much more. The term is actually short for neurological surgery, and it involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders or injuries that affect any part of the nervous system, including the brain, spine, cervical spine (neck) and nerves throughout the body.

5-year-old defies the odds after invasive neurosurgery to remove tumor

By Admin | December 11, 2018

Games are the building blocks for five-year-old Rebecca Roper of Enid. She's having fun at her latest physical therapy appointment, building a wall out of huge cardboard blocks. Soon they switch to tossing balls, and then Rebecca holds her therapist's hand tightly as she walks barefoot along a stretch of wooden board.

Costs curbing the rise of robotics in spinal surgery

By Admin | December 04, 2018

The era of routine robotic-assisted spinal surgery is on the horizon. Despite the hype, however, there remains little market penetration, with affordability and the degree of value-added by such technology representing significant barriers to complete disruption of standard practice.

Bio2 launches study of bioactive glass spinal implant

By Admin | November 27, 2018

Orthopedics company Bio2 Technologies has received FDA approval to begin enrollment in an IDE clinical study to evaluate its Vitrium bioactive glass as a cervical interbody fusion device. Vitrium will be evaluated as a structural device that facilitates bone remodeling via a gradual conversion from Vitrium to the patient’s own bone.

Pseudarthrosis following single-level ACDF is five times more likely when a PEEK interbody device is used

By Admin | November 21, 2018

In spine surgery, "arthrodesis" is the term used to describe fusion of adjacent vertebrae following removal of an intervertebral disc. Arthrodesis is achieved by placing a bone graft or bone graft substitute between the vertebrae to bridge the empty space so that new bone can grow between. "Pseudarthrosis" is the term used to describe failure of this expected new bone growth.

What neurologists are doing to combat high burout

By Admin | November 19, 2018

In a survey of about 1,600 active neurologists, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) found that 60 percent experienced at least one symptom of burnout. A high number of neurology residents (73 percent) and fellows (55 percent) were also affected by burnout. With such a high rate of burnout among neurologists, the AAN began mitigation attempts at the individual, organizational and national levels at the same time as they measured burnout.

Clinical benefits of minimally invasive spinal fusion appear to “diminish” as a function of fusion length

By Admin | November 13, 2018

A recent study has concluded that the clinical benefits of a minimally invasive surgical technique appear to “diminish” as a function of fusion length. The data, which examined the relationship between open versus minimally invasive lumbar fusion and the number of levels fused, were presented by Virginie Lafage (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, USA) at the North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting (24–29 September, Los Angeles, USA).

Yoga for Low Back Pain

By Admin | November 09, 2018

Low back pain is the leading cause of work-related disability in the United States!

Doctors say proposed Medicare fee idea will cut visit times, hurt patients

By Admin | November 06, 2018

For those of you who are 65 or older and covered by Medicare, medical care may soon change for the worse, as many doctors see it.

This teen's body was 'bending by the hour.' His 18th surgery changed his life

By Admin | October 30, 2018

John Sarcona was at a baseball game when his mother Joanne found the bloodied T-shirts in his laundry hamper. His bedding was bloody too, and she knew something had gone terribly wrong.

NASS 2018: Robotic platforms take center stage

By Admin | October 25, 2018

Medtech companies in the spinal market are rushing to join the robotic revolution, with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) and Globus Medical (NYSE:GMED) leading the pack, according to a Leerink Partner analyst’s note from the North American Spine Society’s 2018 annual meeting.

Tool helps surgeons preoperatively determine readmission after spine fusion

By Admin | October 23, 2018

Results of a preoperative score — the readmission after posterior spine fusion or RAPSF score — can help predict which patients are likely to require readmission after elective one- and two-level posterior lumbar fusion. Furthermore, it may help during joint decision-making to assess whether a patient is indicated for surgery or requires presurgical optimization, a presenter said.

Cervical, thoracic spine fractures spike, study shows — 5 findings

By Admin | October 17, 2018

The incidence of cervical and thoracic spine fractures has increased, especially in white females ages 80 to 89, according to a study reported at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, Sept. 26-29.

Reduced ASD incidence seen at 5 years with maintained lumbar TDR motion

By Admin | October 15, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The evolution of total disc replacement prostheses over time from devices with constrained cores to ones with more mobile cores may ultimately help mitigate adjacent segment disease in patients, according to results of a post hoc analysis presented at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting.

Outpatient ACDF linked with increased rate of perioperative surgical, medical complications

By Admin | October 12, 2018

LOS ANGELES — Patients undergoing outpatient anterior cervical discectomy and fusion may have a greater risk for perioperative complications than patients who undergo the surgery as an inpatient procedure, according to results presented at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting.

Spineology U.S. Clinical Trial for Interbody Fusion

By Admin | October 10, 2018

Spineology Inc., an innovator in anatomy-conserving spine surgery, is excited to announce that John Chi, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Neurosurgical Spinal Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, presented 12-month outcomes data from Spineology’s SCOUT clinical trial at the recent annual meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS) in Los Angeles, California.

Officials say Baylor Scott & White, Memorial Hermann Merger Will Reduce Costs

By Admin | October 04, 2018

Two of the largest nonprofit health systems in Texas have signed a letter of intent to merge into a combined entity. Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health System say they are coming together to increase integrated and cost-effective healthcare that is focused on the consumer.

Health and fitness facts and advice for 40 somethings - an expert Q&A

By Admin | October 02, 2018

People who improve their health and fitness post-40 can expect a healthier and happier time of it in midlife.

5 details on outpatient spine surgery safety in ASCs from 'Neurosurgery' analysis

By Admin | September 28, 2018

Research published in Neurosurgery found outpatient spine procedures are just as safe or safer than procedures performed in an inpatient setting.

New developments in EEG brain scans could help spot mental disorders early

By Admin | September 26, 2018

Patients suffering from mental and neurological disorders, including autism, ADHD and dementia, could benefit from new developments in brain scanning technology.

Improving neurosurgery for malignant brain tumors

By Admin | September 25, 2018

Important research by Barrow Neurological Institute neurosurgeons and University of Washington (UW) scientists on novel imaging technology for malignant brain tumors was published in the August issue of the Nature journal, Scientific Reports.

Good nutrition helps in healing

By Admin | September 19, 2018

Holly Pittard is a Brody medical student who has an interest in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as family medicine. For those of you who may have never met doctors who specialize in PMR, they are nerve, muscle, bone and brain experts who treat injury or illness nonsurgically to decrease pain and restore function. You can read more about PMR at Here is what Holly wants you to know.

Top Sloan Kettering Cancer Doctor Resigns After Failing to Disclose Industry Ties

By Admin | September 17, 2018

This article was reported and written in a collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism organization. Dr. José Baselga, the chief medical officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, resigned on Thursday amid reports that he had failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments from health care companies in dozens of research articles.

Deep Learning IDs Neurological Scans 150 Times Faster than Humans

By Admin | September 12, 2018

An artificial intelligence platform identified neurological diseases in CT scans 150 times faster than human clinicians.

Have a bad back? Here's how to move past the fear of exercise

By Admin | September 06, 2018

Not moving is the worst thing you can do for back pain. When you've been cleared to exercise, try these core-strengthening moves instead.

Treatment of New-Onset Epilepsy: AAN, AES Update Practice Guidelines

By Admin | September 04, 2018

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society (AES) have provided new recommended practice guidelines for the management of new-onset and treatment-resistant epilepsy with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs).1,2 The new guidelines highlight the evidence supporting the use of lamotrigine, vigabatrin, levetiracetam, pregabalin, gabapentin, and zonisamide for reducing the frequency of seizures in new-onset focal epilepsy and treatment-resistant epilepsy.

The eyes may have it, an early sign of Parkinson's disease

By Admin | August 30, 2018

Thinning of retina linked to loss of brain cells that control movement The eyes may be a window to the brain for people with early Parkinson's disease. People with the disease gradually lose brain cells that produce dopamine, a substance that helps control movement. Now a new study has found that the thinning of the retina, the lining of nerve cells in the back of the eye, is linked to the loss of such brain cells.

China: Innovative Hybrid PEEK-titanium Expandable Cage for DLIF and OLIF Procedures Demonstrated

By Admin | August 27, 2018

The growing interest in PEEK-OPTIMA™ spinal implants in China received further impetus at the 11th Congress of the Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (CAOS) held in partnership with the North American Spine Society (NASS). At this event, Fule Science & Technology Development, Beijing, and Invibio Biomaterial Solutions partnered to demonstrate the new Uplifter® Expandable Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Device in a hands-on workshop in Shanghai.

Zavation Launches Facet Screw and Sacroiliac (SI) Screw Systems

By Admin | August 22, 2018

Zavation, an employee-owned medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and distributes medical device products, announced today the launch of a fenestrated Facet Screw system and a Sacroiliac (SI) Screw system.

The key to success in spine surgery? Data — 5 things to know about NeuroPoint Alliance

By Admin | August 20, 2018

In 2008, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons developed the NeuroPoint Alliance to improve the quality of neurosurgical care. The database is a central registry for members to track acquisitions, analysis and clinical data reporting. Here are five things to know about the nonprofit organization:

How long before value-based care becomes attainable?

By Admin | August 14, 2018

The path to value-based care in healthcare is becoming murky. After a few years of heightened promise and hope, the current and near future reality...

Mount Sinai’s medical school opens blockchain research center

By Admin | August 14, 2018

As blockchain technology has moved from cryptocurrency to other fields, one of New York’s medical schools has opened a center to study its us...

Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market: Global Industry Forecast, Market Trends, Market Size and Growth 2026| Credence Research

By Admin | May 29, 2018

The new market report on Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market includes data for important years 2018, the post year of the estimate is 2018 and the projection period is 2018 to 2026. Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market is anticipated to hit the Mark of US $ 4.01 Bn 2026 with expanding at a CAGR of 4.7% in 2018 to 2026.

Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market Size and Share 2018: Medtronic plc., Computational Diagnostics, Inc., NuVasive, Inc., Inomed Medizintechnik GmbH

By Admin | May 29, 2018

The Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market is anticipated to hit $ 4.01 Bn by 2026 with a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period 2018 to 2026 in terms of shipment and revenue, respectively during the projection period 2018-2026. The Global Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market is observing an active growth, increasing rate of Topical Excipients, favorable compensation policies, and increased government funding. The Global Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market has been sectioned On the basis of product type.

Global Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market 2018 By Manufacturers – Biotronic, Cadwell, Cicel, Dr. Langer, Evokes

By Admin | May 29, 2018

Global Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Market 2018 Report presents a professional and deep analysis on the present state of the Global Intraoperative Neuromonitoring market which was achieved using the meticulous qualitative insights and the statistical data of the market. The research methodologies were applied during the analysis to prepare the whole document as well as the chronological data that was collected and verified through several important studies.

Global Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (Ionm) Market Analysis 2018 Rhythmlink, Cadwell, CM&F, Procirca and SafeOp Surgical

By Admin | May 29, 2018

The “Global Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (Ionm) Market” report is the comprehensive compilation highlight the key players operating in market. The report analyses the key trends including product introduction, new business approaches, collaborations, technological development and various other stats applicable in the competitive market by the major market players.

Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) Devices Sales Market Analysis by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application

By  | May 29, 2018

Global Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) Devices Sales Market research report will help you take informed decisions, understand opportunities, plan effective business strategies, plan new projects, analyse drivers and restraints and give you a vision on the industry forecast. Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) Devices Sales Market report would come in handy to understand your competitors and give you an insight about sales; volumes, revenues in the Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) Devices Sales industry. Both established and new players in Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) Devices Sales industry can use report to understand the market.

Robotically controlled digital microscope provides new visualization system in operating room

By  | May 29, 2018

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai Health System is one of the first hospitals in the country to use Modus V™, a hands-free, robotically controlled digital microscope that provides advanced visualization in the operating room. The system features a robotic arm with a high-definition camera that projects digital images of neuroanatomy on larger monitors. The system is an alternative to the traditional operating microscope, a mainstay in modern neurosurgery that features an ocular, or eyepiece, used by the surgeon to see magnified images of the brain.

United States Neurosurgical Prosthesis Market 2018

By Admin | May 09, 2018

The report Neurosurgical Prosthesis Market 2018 presents a widespread and fundamental study of Neurosurgical Prosthesis industry along with the analysis of subjective aspects which will provide key business insights to the readers.

Global Monopolar Forceps Market 2018

By Admin | May 09, 2018

The Report entitled Global Monopolar Forceps Market 2018 analysis the important factors of the Monopolar Forceps market based on present industry situations, market demands, business strategies utilized by Monopolar Forceps market players and their growth synopsis.

Robotic-assisted Surgery Successfully Removes a Rare Tumor

By Admin | May 09, 2018

Noah Pernikoff, a young American, is back to his daily life in New York City after becoming the very first patient in the world to go through a complex three-part, robotic-assisted surgery. The robotic arms made the surgery possible for the multidisciplinary team at Penn to remove a rare tumor from Noah’s neck successfully. The tumor was removed from the junction where the skull meets the spine.

Brain signal discovery may let Parkinson's patients sleep through brain surgery

By Admin | May 09, 2018

As if the prospect of neurosurgery isn't daunting enough, the idea of having to remain awake for the procedure is enough to turn many Parkinson's disease sufferers off potentially life-changing deep brain stimulation surgery altogether. But now researchers at the Bionics Institute in Melbourne have discovered a unique brain signal that might allow electrodes to be inserted at the correct location in the brain without the patient being conscious.

Global MI Neurosurgery Devices Market 2018 Research

By Admin | May 09, 2018

The research report on “Global MI Neurosurgery Devices Market” delivers detailed prognosis on current and forecast market situation of MI Neurosurgery Devices in the assessment period, 2018-2023. The report examines MI Neurosurgery Devices market growth history, sales channel, manufacturers profiled in MI Neurosurgery Devices industry, a market share of product type, application and scope of a region in detail.

Medical Discovery News: Robots speed up neurosurgery

By Admin | May 09, 2018

Robots are in homes, factories and also in hospitals. Robot-assisted surgery has been around since at least 1985. Since then, robots have been used in developing minimally invasive surgeries such as laparoscopies using flexible fiber optic cameras. The first robotic surgical system, the daVinci Surgery System, received FDA approval in 2000. In a recent advance, a robot was used to cut a precise hole in a skull and it took only 2½ minutes rather than the usual two hours, a game changer for neurosurgery.

Secretary Says Change is Coming

By Admin | March 14, 2018

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar told a room of hospital executives that the Trump administration is going to give more power to patients, whether hospitals, drug companies, and insurance companies like it or not.

The Future of Healthcare Records

By Admin | March 12, 2018

Hospitals have never been held accountable when it comes to healthcare costs, says Dr. Josh Luke, a healthcare futurist, University of Southern California faculty, hospital CEO. In his latest article for Forbes, he outlines the insanity of how hospitals have never had to disclose prices for services and procedures before they take place, a practice unlike any other industry.

Apple to make EHRs available on iPhone

By Admin | February 28, 2018

Wired Magazine has an article detailing how Apple is planning on making electronic health records (EHRs) available through people’s iOS devices. Google made a similar move but failed. However, Apple has a track record of doing what others can’t.

More is needed to lower drug costs

By Admin | February 26, 2018

Trump’s proposed plans to lower the costs of pharmaceuticals have many skeptics who say much more needs to be done, an article by FierceHealthcare says.

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan and Healthcare

By Admin | February 12, 2018

An online retailer, a holding company and a bank could disrupt healthcare as we know it. The three companies,, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase, are banding together to circumvent the complicated web of the U.S. healthcare system and provide their own health services to their employees.

U.S. Uninsured Rate Rises to 12.2%

By Admin | February 05, 2018

Between 2016 and 2017, the number of uninsured Americans rose by 3.2 million people, leaving 12.2 percent of the population without health insurance.

The Greatest Living Canadian

By Admin | January 31, 2018

Dr. Wilder Penfield was a pioneer of neurosurgery, having published brain maps in 1937 and 1950 that surgeons still use today. He also created the Montreal procedure, along with his colleague Herber Jasper, which uses electrical probes on a patient’s brain while he or she is awake in order to find the locations of seizure activity.

Preventing physician suicide

By Admin | January 29, 2018

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 300 to 400 physicians commit suicide every year. During the physician training period, around 28 percent experience a major depressive episode compared to seven percent in the general U.S. population.

Politico’s Top 2017 Health Care Surprises

By Admin | January 22, 2018

Much was said on Capitol Hill about health care, but not too much was done in 2017. Here are Politico’s 10 key takeaways from the first year of health care under the Trump administration.

3D Printing and Medicine

By Admin | January 15, 2018

There were two twin boys conjoined at the head, but before being wheeled into the operating room, their team of surgeons was able to plan ahead with 3D models of the boys’ actual sculls. Taken from CT scans, the models were created with a 3D printer, and they gave the surgeons the unique ability to accurately assess every step of the very complex surgery.

Healthcare Challenges for 2018

By Admin | January 10, 2018

It isn’t a secret that 2017 was full of political drama surrounding healthcare. And the uncertainty will definitely continue into 2018. There will also be cybersecurity threats, social determinants of patients’ health, and focusing on the patient experience to face, according to Benjamin Isgur, leader of PwC's Health Research Institute.

Common Traits in 90-101 Year Olds

By Admin | January 08, 2018

In a remote Italian region lives a few hundred people over the age of 90. They have shown to be in excellent mental health, even if their bodies are showing their age.

CVS Pharmacy Purchases Aetna

By Admin | December 13, 2017

Could CVS’s $69 billion purchase of one of the largest health insurers in the U.S. change the healthcare game?

Apple Watch to Detect Atrial Fibrillation

By Admin | December 11, 2017

Apple has partnered with Stanford University to create an app for the latest iWatch that can hopefully detect heart irregularities. Together, they’re launching a study to see if the app can indeed help patients.

Pros and Cons of Patient Portals

By Admin | December 06, 2017

Patient portals provide an easy way for patients to see their lab results, prescription information, doctor’s notes, and more, from the convenience of home--and without having to call and wait.

Physician burnout leads to mistakes

By Admin | December 04, 2017

Doctors take care of us, but who’s taking care of the doctor? Studies are showing that doctors are increasingly hitting burnout status and suffering from depression, which in turn leads to their making medical errors.

Tracking health with smart devices

By Admin | November 29, 2017

Fitness trackers like Apple’s popular iWatch and the Fitbit can already monitor a wearer’s sleeping habits, heart rate and steps with impressive accuracy.

Mergers and Healthcare’s Future

By Admin | November 27, 2017

When CVS, the well known pharmacy chain, considered purchasing Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, it shed some light on the future of American healthcare.

Pay missed health insurance premiums ASAP

By Admin | November 20, 2017

If you fall behind on your health insurance payments, you generally have 90 days to pay before any sort of penalty, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

The Importance of Empathy in Healthcare

By Admin | November 15, 2017

Dr. Adrienne Boissy, chief experience officer of Cleveland Clinic Health System, believes empathy plays a huge part in patient care.

Ochsner offers healthcare 24-7

By Admin | November 13, 2017

Ochsner Health Care of Louisiana is using technology in order to keep tabs on patients in real time, even offering assistance right after they “go out of bounds.”

Possible deal reached to fund insurance subsidies

By Admin | November 06, 2017

Senators Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, and Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, have a bipartisan plan to to fund critical subsidies to insurers and hopefully stabilize the health insurance market in the wake of President Trump’s order to cut funding.

Medicare: What you need to know

By Admin | November 01, 2017

If you’re on Medicare, it’s the time to renew your coverage for 2018, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to obtain your coverage.

President Trump promises healthcare changes

By Admin | October 30, 2017

Since Congress hasn’t been able to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, as promised, President Trump is now taking it upon himself with an executive order that he recently teased at a meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The US Needs Immigrant Doctors

By Admin | October 25, 2017

Right now, the United States isn’t producing enough doctors to fill the many spots needed in order to care for our population. Without doctors immigrating from other countries, we would have a severe lack of healthcare providers.

Singapore's Health Care System

By Admin | October 18, 2017

At birth, citizens of Singapore can expect to live almost three years longer than in Britain or the US, not to mention infant mortality is far lower. The population also pays far less for healthcare than the US, ranking sixth in the world in quality where we rank 37.

Med Students Need More Emphasis on Analytics

By Admin | October 16, 2017

With a higher focus on using technology to keep up with patient records, many doctors complain that they’re simply data entry clerks and not doctors. But the truth is, doctors aren’t being taught what their data entry makes possible--saving even more lives than before.

States with highest health costs tend to rank lowest in care

By Admin | October 09, 2017

In Louisiana and Oklahoma, families spend 1.7 percent of their income, on average, on health expenses. In New York and New Jersey, families averaged closer to one percent. However, US News ranked Louisiana and Oklahoma in the bottom five states when it comes to healthcare.

The Health Care War Continues

By Admin | October 04, 2017

John Cassidy, staff writer at the New Yorker, has been writing about politics and economics for the paper since 1995. In his 20-plus years, he’s seen much happen. His latest article outlines the most recent attempts by the Trump administration to repeal, replace, re-do the Affordable Healthcare Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, and why they keep failing and trying again.

Women in Health Care

By Admin | October 02, 2017

Of the women who work and have kids under 18, 94 percent of those women make healthcare decisions for people other than themselves. They research doctors, ailments, hospitals, insurance, and everything else that comes with monitoring someone’s health.

Health-Care Blockchains

By Admin | September 27, 2017

When it comes to technology, MIT is one of the top authorities. In their online technology review, they have posted a solution for making electronic health records safer, yet more accessible for care providers, while allowing clinics and hospitals to keep using the software they want to.

Similarities Between Flood & Health Insurance

By Admin | September 25, 2017

Some areas are prone to flooding. And most of us will at some point need very expensive medical care, thanks to longer lifespans. But for some reason, people have purchased less flood insurance in the last five years--9 percent less in Houston and 15 percent less in Florida.

How hospitals plan for hurricanes & other disasters

By Admin | September 20, 2017

With the recent storms hitting Florida and Texas, hospitals in those areas have done their best to remain open in order to help people heal. But just like houses and other businesses, hospitals also suffer damage, lose electricity, and face the many other problems the rest of the community does.

Recommendations to preserve employer-sponsored insurance

By Admin | September 18, 2017

In an opinion piece written for, contributing columnist James Gelfand outlines his reasons to protect the employer-sponsored health insurance system.

Water Problems After Harvey

By Admin | September 13, 2017

While many Houston residents are reconstructing their homes and dealing with the obvious ramifications from Hurricane Harvey, one water-infrastructure security expert is more concerned with the remaining water.

Virtual Reality and Healthcare

By Admin | September 11, 2017

The future of healthcare puzzles everyone from patients to experts, but one thing we can probably count on is an increase in healthcare gaming.

Taking care of patients and their information

By Admin | September 06, 2017

There are currently no mechanisms in place to protect patients from stolen identities in order for others to bill fraudulently or receive care.

Like statistics? Here are over 20 about health care

By Admin | August 30, 2017

USA Today posted a list of over 20 health care numbers that relate to everything from salaries to how the US compares to other countries. Here’s a sampling:

What gives? Giving; it makes givers happy

By Admin | August 28, 2017

It looks like being good to others is good for you, as well. Using brain scans, scientists in Switzerland discovered that even small acts of generosity or charitable promises triggered brain changes that made subjects happier.

Amazon and Healthcare

By Admin | August 21, 2017

It is no secret that Amazon has hired high-profile executives with healthcare experience, fueling rumors that the company is going to somehow enter the healthcare sector.

Unlocking the mystery of how brains operate

By Admin | August 16, 2017

What makes one brain cell different from the next? Scientists are finally on the verge of figuring that out and unlocking the mysteries of how our brains actually work.

HIMSS cyber security report is turning up some curious vulnerabilities

By Admin | August 14, 2017

If it’s a machine on a network, it can be hacked. One man found that out when he went to get a cup of coffee and discovered a strange message on the coffee machine, a message he had just reported to IT from his computer.

Bipartisan Hearings on Healthcare

By Admin | August 09, 2017

The Senate Health Committee is reserving the first week in September for bipartisan hearings in order to strengthen the individual healthcare marketplace.

Value-based payment is the future

By Admin | August 07, 2017

Medical device manufacturers, the FDA, healthcare providers, and insurers want to ensure that solutions are indeed providing value to patients, but no one is sure how to collect the necessary data.

Crowdfunding sites are loaded with health care

By Admin | August 02, 2017

Crowdfunding sites were started to help people raise money for causes, whether it was taking donations for a race, trying to get some money for school, or doing something nice for someone else. But attempting to raise money for medical services quickly became a popular topic, and the trend isn’t going anywhere.

Will Amazon take on healthcare next?

By Admin | July 31, 2017

Amazon has brought on health experts into their corporate family, and that has some investors thinking they may offer pharmaceutical offerings, and more, in the future.

A Cheaper Plan with Fewer Benefits

By Admin | July 24, 2017

The proposed healthcare bill that’s dominating headlines needs 50 votes in the house to pass. As of now, it won’t get those 50 votes.

Healthcare Disagreements Continue

By Admin | July 19, 2017

The plan to repeal and replace the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, isn’t going well.

Behavioral Economics and Healthcare

By Admin | July 17, 2017

Behavioral economics is based on the principle that most people will not change their behavior when given facts. A prime example is the former governor of New Jersey John Corzine’s refusal to wear a seat belt, even though there’s countless data and evidence that proves they save lives. He was nearly killed in an automobile accident in 2007 because he wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

CBO has released its report on the Senate health bill

By Admin | July 12, 2017

Healthcare has been front and center of every news cycle for weeks, especially since Republican senators were penning their proposal behind closed doors.

A high-level look at the Senate’s healthcare bill

By Admin | July 10, 2017

The Senate released their plans for the future of healthcare to the country, ending the speculation about what will happen to taxes, Medicaid, and pre-existing conditions. Here are the facts:

How providers can prepare for new Medicare card system

By Admin | July 05, 2017

By April 2019, all Medicare cards will be replaced with new ones that use a unique identification number and will not contain a patient’s social security number.

What we know about the Senate health-care bill

By Admin | July 03, 2017

The Washington Post has done some digging and has come out with a comprehensive list of predictions concerning the Senate’s revisement of the much anticipated health care overhaul.

Remote Treatment in Texas, Finally!

By  | June 26, 2017

Texas was the only state holding out on allowing complete telehealth services, requiring patients and physicians or care providers to meet in-person before using any phone or Internet devices to diagnose and treat.

13 Senators who could impact health care

By Admin | June 21, 2017

Thirteen members of Congress have been working on a new healthcare plan, putting them at front and center of the issue. But thirteen Senators have the real power, according to political publication Roll Call.

Urgent challenge of cybersecurity in healthcare

By Admin | June 19, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Cybersecurity Task Force released their findings pertaining to cyber security and the healthcare industry. They are urging for a unified effort among sectors--payers, providers, medical device manufacturers, research institutions and software developers--to help stop attacks like the recent WannaCry ransomware attack which impacted dozens of hospitals.

No hand shaking here

By Admin | June 14, 2017

Can the spread of disease be curbed by not shaking hands? UCLA hospitals are going to find out. Handshakes were banned in neonatal intensive care wards at two of their hospitals in an effort to keep infections from spreading.

Breaking down the CBO’s healthcare score

By Admin | June 12, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a nonpartisan scorekeeper, will evaluate the Republican healthcare proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Cyber attacks are a real and constant threat

By Admin | June 07, 2017

The WannaCry cyber attack ravaged systems worldwide, and now the EternalBlue ransomware attack is also proving that many healthcare systems are far from prepared.

Future of Health Care Legislation Taking Place Behind Closed Doors

By Admin | June 05, 2017

There are no plans for committee hearings to publicly vet a new health care bill currently being written to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Thirteen GOP senators have been selected to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in closely guarded meetings at the U.S. Capitol.

A little prevention goes a long way to prevent cyber attacks

By Admin | May 31, 2017

Hackers attacked computer systems worldwide with stolen software from the National Security Administration. Dubbed the “Wannacry” ransomware outbreak, the hackers locked healthcare personnel out of their computers by exploiting a known vulnerability in the Windows operating system.

Insurers proposing double-digit rate hikes for 2018 because of market uncertainty

By Admin | May 22, 2017

Insurance rates could skyrocket, going up as much as 60 percent in Maryland, if certain Affordable Care Act provisions go away.

Micro-Hospitals can provide care tailored to their communities’ needs

By Admin | May 17, 2017

Some areas don’t have large enough populations to support big hospitals, but the communities still need emergency and other medical care. Micro-hospitals can fill the healthcare gap.

Opinion on working with insurance companies

By Admin | May 15, 2017

Insurance companies are hesitant to negotiate with freestanding emergency rooms and urgent care centers according to Dr. Carrie de Moor, President and CEO of Frisco-based Code 3 Emergency Physicians and chairman of the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Freestanding Emergency Centers Section.

5 countries from which the US can learn about healthcare

By Admin | May 10, 2017

The Legatum Institute, a US-based think tank, reviewed several countries with successful healthcare systems. They measured each country’s performance based on basic physical and mental health, health infrastructure and preventative care.

Hospitals need to embrace their positive Yelp ratings

By Admin | May 08, 2017

Chances are, you’ve used Yelp for restaurant reviews or to assess the skills of a local plumber, but have you ever looked up a hospital? If you’re like a majority of people, you have.

Electronic Health Records are causing healthcare providers strife Healthcare IT News

By Admin | May 03, 2017

The popular opinion among doctors is that they do not want to go back to the days of paper record keeping, but they do not enjoy the electronic health record (EHR) software of the post-meaningful use world.

Healthcare reform and infrastructure improvements

By Admin | May 01, 2017

During an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo, President Trump hinted that healthcare reform and infrastructure changes could be a package deal moving forward.

Hackers are after medical records, and they’re easy to steal

By Admin | April 24, 2017

The healthcare industry is far behind the banking, retail, and financial sectors when it comes to securing data. And with the implementation of electronic records, more patient data is becoming available with little or no protections.

Hospitals will be under cyber attack in 2017 Healthcare IT News

By Admin | April 19, 2017

Healthcare is attractive to hackers, and experts predict that things will get far worse before they get better.

18-34 year olds want Obamacare replacement to be similar to Obamacare

By Admin | April 17, 2017

Only about 25 percent of young people, 18-34 year olds, want Obamacare repealed, 16 percent specifically wanting it to be repealed and replaced.

Telemedicine may or may not have the ability to replace in-person care

By Admin | April 12, 2017

Does telemedicine help patients more effectively than in-person care and does it save money? The findings are all over the place.

The healthcare debate is not over; lawmakers promise change is coming

By Admin | April 10, 2017

Despite the healthcare bill known as TrumpCare being pulled before a Congressional vote, House Republicans promise that a new bill will appear in its place.

D CEO interviews healthcare experts

By Admin | April 03, 2017

In other industries, the acquiring and merging of companies generally leads to more expensive products and services, and the recent trend of healthcare providers joining one another to create larger hospital systems has many worried about future costs.

Hospital - patient active observation

By Admin | March 29, 2017

It looks like patients fare better while hospitals are under inspection, reports the Joint Commission. In fact, patients are far less likely to die within 30 days of admission while the Joint Commission is present and supervising.

AMA wants doctors & patients to get involved with healthcare reform

By Admin | March 27, 2017

The American Medical Association, AMA, has launched in order to help keep both patients and physicians informed about the upcoming changes to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, ACA.

Changes to Texas telehealth laws appear to be moving forward

By Admin | March 22, 2017

Texas is currently one of the last states to require that physicians and patients meet in-person before allowing any future telehealth services be allowed. However, mHealth Intelligence reports that a compromise bill is heading towards the Legislature that would eliminate this mandate.

AHC Act could cause over 24 million to lose coverage

By Admin | March 20, 2017

House Republicans have put forward a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Known as the American Health Care Act, the bill is predicted to cut the national deficit at the cost of 24 million Americans losing health care coverage.

Plans to repeal and replace ACA face opposition from both sides

By Admin | March 15, 2017

Things don’t appear to be going smoothly for the plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, AKA the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Your fitness tracker and healthcare

By Admin | March 13, 2017

Wearable fitness trackers are here to stay, and health insurers are jumping on the bandwagon.

Medical identity theft is on the rise

By Admin | March 08, 2017

The statistics are sobering: One in three health records may have been compromised in 2016. But why?

Required in-person meeting before administering telemedicine could go away

By Admin | March 06, 2017

Right now, patients and physicians in Texas must have a face-to-face meeting before any telehealth services can be used. Texas remains one of the last states in the US with such a mandate.

Electronic Health Records for better patient health

By Admin | March 01, 2017

When it comes to adopting and implementing electronic health records (EHR), the 14-hospital system of Texas Health Resources has a long history of being advanced.

Why Medical experts project a big boom for the spine care industry

By Admin | February 27, 2017

Dr. Sinicropi of the Midwest Spine & Brain Institute in Minnesota expects spine care to move to the forefront of medical care in the coming years. Here are five reasons why:

Deloitte’s 18 trends in global healthcare for 2017

By Admin | February 22, 2017

Deloitte, global network of auditors, consultants, risk management professionals, and more, have published their report of the 18 trends they see happening in healthcare for this year. Here we have provided the top five.

The ACA could include health savings accounts

By Admin | February 20, 2017

Republicans on Capitol Hill seem to be leaning towards incorporating health savings accounts (HSAs) into their Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plans.

Study shows that Texans react more negatively towards the ACA

By Admin | February 15, 2017

A recent study asked low-income adults about their Medicaid coverage since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Individuals in four states were polled, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Kentucky, all of which received expanded Medicaid benefits under the ACA, and Texas, which did not.

Trump's lawyer outlines his predictions for ACA replacement

By Admin | February 13, 2017

Robert Grand, an attorney specializing in the ACA with the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, worked on the inaugural committee for president Donald Trump as well as the executive committee of Vice President Mike Pence’s Indiana gubernatorial campaign.

Balance billing is bigger in Texas

By Admin | February 08, 2017

When a patient has been treated at an in-network facility, but an out-of-network doctor treats him, that patient will most likely find himself the financial victim of balance billing, a nationwide problem that is more prolific in the Lone Star State.

What repealing the ACA could mean for Texans, according to the CPPP

By Admin | February 06, 2017

If the Affordable Care Act, ACA, also known as Obamacare, were repealed without a replacement, Texas’ individual marketplace would be severely impacted, said Anne Dunkelberg, associate director of the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Doctors still banned from texting orders

By Admin | January 30, 2017

The Joint Commission and CMS continue their ban on doctors texting treatment orders, citing that texting can complicate communication and processes.

US health spending increased rapidly, here’s why

By Admin | January 25, 2017

Every year, health spending in the US grows, but the rate of that growth increased drastically between 2014 and 2015. In fact, the federal government says the country spent $3.2 trillion on health care in 2015, which is 5.8 percent more than in 2014 and averages to $9,990 per person.

DFW Hospital Council president implores for help with healthcare

By Admin | January 23, 2017

Steve Love, president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, sees many things happening in the future of healthcare in Texas, but he knows in order to move forward, everyone needs to do their part.

There needs to be a longer transition to MACRA, says CHIME

By  | January 11, 2017

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services citing three major roadblocks for healthcare practitioners in comments to Andy Slavitt, head of CMS acting administrator.

Moving towards activity-based costing (ABC) with UPMC CFO

By Admin | January 09, 2017

Robert DeMichiei, CFO and executive vice president for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has a plan to help healthcare provider organizations move towards the value-based payment model.

Price selected to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

By Admin | January 04, 2017

President-Elect Donald Trump has selected Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon with a long congressional history of loyally promoting the interests of doctors, to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Healthcare costs reach $9.9K per person, remain historically modest

By Admin | December 28, 2016

The passage of the Affordable Care Act allowed nearly 20 million Americans to obtain health care; prior to the act, they were unable to.

Americans are satisfied with their health insurance

By Admin | December 21, 2016

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, there was a 4.3 percent increase in positive consumer sentiment when it came to their health insurance providers. In fact, all major health insurance providers experienced some sort of uptick with their customers’ overall satisfaction.

It’s too soon to panic over the future of the ACA

By Admin | December 19, 2016

Healthcare in the US, not just the Affordable Care Act, is complicated. MACRA, for example, is a 300-page document. CMS released their implementation plan for MACRA, and that document is 1,000 pages.

AMA continues to advocate for increased access to healthcare.

By Admin | December 14, 2016

Dr. Andrea Gurman, president of the American Medical Association, says that policy makers have the opportunity to reduce physician burdens, allowing them more time to spend with patients while lowering costs.

Healthcare could benefit from borrowing data analysis from gambling

By Admin | December 05, 2016

In the gambling world, it’s called Monte Carlo, a concept that helps determine outcomes when there are variables to consider.

Cybersecurity is a problem

By Admin | November 28, 2016

The Internet was originally an insecure network designed to allow scientists to collaborate, not to be the backbone of our economy, says former NSA senior counsel Joel Brenner.

CMS to give an additional $140 million to primary care doctors in 2017

By Admin | November 23, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services are looking to monetize patient outcomes instead of patient volume, and to incentivize that, they’re focusing on primary care physicians.

Health records are headed to the cloud.

By Admin | November 21, 2016

Add healthcare to the list of industries who are finding comfort and convenience in cloud-based data sharing.

Technology and data analysis will reshape healthcare.

By Admin | November 14, 2016

How many people do you know who wear some sort of data tracker on their wrist? And how many people track their diets or sleep on their smart phones?

Know these six things about MACRA before transitioning.

By Admin | November 09, 2016

MACRA’s merit-based, incentive payment system will have an effect on any physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, and certified registered nurse anesthetists who bill over $30,000 a year and provide care to a minimum of 100 patients under traditional fee-for-service Medicare.

Preventing phishing and cybercrime in healthcare

By Admin | November 07, 2016

“Oftentimes end users think technology protects them from more than it really does,” said Mark Parkulo, MD, of the Mayo Clinic. “‘The institution wouldn’t let these things come through, right?’ When you tell them there is no way to block everything, they become more aware of the importance of monitoring it.”

Transition to MACRA shouldn’t happen overnight.

By Admin | November 02, 2016

Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), advised health providers to be the pace cars for transition to care under MACRA.

Did a contest produce an actual easy-to-understand medical bill design?

By Admin | October 31, 2016

The Department of Human Health and Services put out a challenge: design a medical bill that actually makes sense to consumers.

How to improve consumer engagement via Medicaid ACOs

By Admin | October 26, 2016

In order to provide coordinated, person-centered care, it is necessary for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to engage consumers and patients on a more regular basis.

Renewing 1115 Transformation Waiver

By Admin | October 19, 2016

Rather than pursuing Medicaid expansion, the Texas State Health Committee has decided to prioritize the renewal of the 1115 Transformation Waiver, which was originally set to expire.

Augmented & virtual reality technology can have an impact on healthcare

By Admin | October 17, 2016

Patient therapy and medical training are entering the popular worlds of augmented and virtual reality.

The ACA and actuarial science conflict with one another.

By Admin | October 12, 2016

The largest health insurance companies are backing out of markets, changing their plans, and raising their costs at unprecedented rates, yet are still losing money. And it may not be their faults, according to an op-ed piece by D Magazine.

Insights about research and the biggest issue facing healthcare today

By Admin | October 10, 2016

Dr. William C. Watters III is currently an orthopedic physician with Houston Methodist Hospital. With a career over 20 years old, he has served as president of the North American Spine Society, was a founding member and former chair of the NASS evidence-based guidelines committee, and was a founding member and former chair of the registry development committee.

A Neurosurgeon’s Take on the Evolving Healthcare Landscape

By Admin | October 05, 2016

Becker’s Spine Review interviewed Dr. Thomas Scully, a neurosurgeon with Northwest NeuroSpecialists in Tucson, AZ, about the evolution of surgery and how value-based care will impact patients in the future.

18 Things You Should Know About the Millennial Patient

By Admin | October 03, 2016

Meet the millennial patient, who approaches healthcare very differently from his or her parents. Millennials are those born generally between 1982 and 2000 and are now the largest generation.

CMS will give providers flexibility on MACRA requirements

By Admin | September 30, 2016

Originally slated to begin January 1, 2017, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will now allow providers to meet requirements at a pace of their choosing.

Americans aren’t accessing the online health records they claim to want.

By Admin | September 28, 2016

According to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, an increasing number of Americans would like to have online access of their health records.

HIPAA regulations cannot promise patient data is safe.

By Admin | September 26, 2016

The FBI plans to begin a public conversation about electronic privacy, said FBI Director James Comey.

Hospitals around the country are trying an at-home approach to health care.

By Admin | September 21, 2016

“The hospital can be a very difficult and dangerous environment for old and frail people,” says Bruce Leff, director of the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Survey reveals access to health issues that telemedicine could solve.

By Admin | September 19, 2016

The Texas Association of Business (TAB) released two surveys, one to businesses offering health plans and one to the general public, asking how and why people sought care, where they went, and if they would desire calling or video conferencing with their physicians.

Health spending trends from June 2016

By Admin | September 14, 2016

The Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending released a report titled “Health Sector Economic Indicators” which highlights eight trends in the sector. All findings are from June 2016.

Aetna plans to remove itself from AHA

By Admin | September 12, 2016

In a letter obtained by the Huffington Post, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini informs the Department of Justice that if the DOJ sues to block Aetna’s planned merger with Humana, then Aetna would begin to pull out of health insurance exchanges.

Do evaluation metrics tell the entire story when rating spine surgeons?

By Admin | September 07, 2016

If you’re looking for a great restaurant, you may go to Yelp and read customer ratings. This model works wonders for food, hotels, and businesses, but the same model is being adopted to evaluate doctors and surgeons, and many are wondering if it tells the entire story.

Social Media’s Impact on the Healthcare Space

By Admin | August 31, 2016

Facebook, Twitter, and the other forms of social media have impacted how we obtain news, share information, and learn about the world around us. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that it has also changed the way patients and practitioners interact, learn about health care, and even behave.

The Conversation to Taper Healthcare Costs

By Admin | August 29, 2016

In July of 2016, a four-person panel was held at the D Magazine offices to discuss the necessary steps--and risks--companies and payers need to take in order to minimize healthcare costs.

CMS May Be Open to MACRA Alternatives

By Admin | August 24, 2016

Independent practices have been expressing concern over MACRA, specifically that they will not be able to comply with the new laws.

Ransomware and Personal Health Information

By Admin | August 22, 2016

With the increased usage of digital health records, the threat of hacking increases. Ransomware is a threat which limits a user’s ability to access information until a ransom is paid. It encrypts data, rendering records unreadable by healthcare providers.

Six things to know about healthcare spending

By Admin | August 17, 2016

Becker’s ASC Review compiled a list of six things to watch out for in regards to healthcare spending from 2015 through 2025.

MACRA pushed back

By Admin | August 08, 2016

The federal government is considering delaying MACRA because independent practices argue they will not be able to complete the necessary additional paperwork without impacting patients or joining larger hospital groups.

North Texas Independents come together to get value based contracting.

By Admin | August 03, 2016

Over 1,300 independent primary care doctors and specialists have come together as part of a new clinically integrated network, TXCIN, in order to obtain value based contracts from large insurance companies, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Cigna.

Office of Inspector General conducts historic Medicare fraud sweep.

By Admin | August 01, 2016

In the largest sweep in seven year history of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, authorities served 61 warrants to healthcare practitioners who stand accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid for over $900 million.

Bundled payments for spine and orthopedics coming swiftly.

By Admin | July 27, 2016

Whether you’re ready or not, you may start seeing bundled payments for spine and orthopedics sooner rather than later. There remain some definite challenges, which may not be completely addressed before the rollout, so practices are doing what they can to prepare.

House Republicans propose replacing the ACA with tax credits.

By Admin | July 25, 2016

In the heated political battle of ridding the U.S. of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, Republicans in the House have introduced a new idea they’re calling a healthcare backpack. The idea is that individuals could use government-alloted tax credits in order to purchase the health insurance they want.

Balance billing strategy in the works for Texas healthcare.

By Admin | July 18, 2016

Insurance providers are shrinking their networks, and independent practices are claiming it makes them unable to compete in a market where they have no share.

Cigna is getting into the physician services business.

By Admin | July 13, 2016

Cigna, known to be one of the main health insurance companies, is combining personnel from its HealthSpring and Qualcare Alliance Networks to form a new company called CareAlliance, LLC. The purpose is to provide advisory and management services, technology infrastructure, and data analytics to assist providers in tracking patient outcomes.

BCBS of Texas Requests Higher Obamacare Rates

By Admin | July 11, 2016

Richardson-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has reported losses of $592 million in 2015, and $416 million in 2014. Its parent company, Health Care Services Corporation out of Chicago, Illinois, has also reported losing over $2 billion on “Obamacare” plans in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Illinois, and Montana.

The Fifth Most Profitable Hospital in the U.S. Sits in Dallas

By Admin | July 06, 2016

A comprehensive study performed by two researchers from Johns Hopkins University pulled data from 3,000 different hospitals: 59 percent nonprofit, 25 percent for-profit, 16 percent public. They found that on average, hospitals marked up their services $5.40 for every dollar in patient care costs incurred. Medical City charged $7.70 for every dollar.

Lack of Hospital Merger Regulations is Hurting Patients

By Admin | July 05, 2016

In order to survive, smaller hospitals sometimes merge with larger chains. This gives the small hospitals the ability to negotiate with insurance companies and share in cost savings while cutting overlapping services. However, when hospitals look out for their own interests, patient health can get put last.

New payment models intend to help practices, but may presently hinder care

By Admin | June 29, 2016

A joint study conducted by the RAND Corporation and the American Medical Association reports that the diversity of new healthcare payment models and increasing amounts of data are overwhelming physician practices.

Satisfied physicians lead to better patient care, according to study.

By Admin | June 27, 2016

If the goal is happy patients, then doctors need to be taken care of first. A study conducted by the American Medical Association in conjunction with RAND Health reports a few of the barriers between physicians and job satisfaction, including complications with electronic health records, payers, and income stability.

Surgeon Affiliations Have Impact on Surgeries

By Admin | June 22, 2016

Is there a financial incentive for surgeons to perform spinal fusions? Yes, according to a study conducted by Senate Finance Committee Republicans. Findings show that when doctors have ownership interests with medical-device makers, surgeons generally earn commissions with sales. These same surgeons tend to perform excessive or unnecessary operations in order to earn additional income from commissions.

Who knows spine surgery better than the people performing the surgeries?

By Admin | June 20, 2016

In their weekly series of questions, Ask Spine Surgeons, Becker’s Spine Review asks about clinical, business and policy issues affecting spine care. This time, they ask about the biggest changes surgeons have witnessed over their careers. Four surgeons weighed in.

Saying, “I’m sorry,” and Other Things That Can Impact Malpractice Claims

By Admin | June 17, 2016

The New England Journal of Medicine conducted a study to find out which physician behaviors lead to malpractice claims. Results aren’t surprising; patients like to be treated like people and respected. The five key findings are:

Not happy with the hospital? Get your money back.

By Admin | June 15, 2016

Geisinger Health System of Danville, PA, has enacted their ProvenExperience program, which sounds a bit crazy, even though it was the brainchild of a psychiatrist. Essentially, patients are asked to rate their experiences, list positives and negatives, and request some or all of their co-payment back--up to $2,000--if they feel reparations are necessary. The craziest part? The hospital will always repay the amount, no questions asked.

Both Surgeons and Patients Benefit from IONM

By Admin | June 13, 2016

Before intraoperative neuromonitoring existed, surgeons could do one of two things to detect neurological deficits in their patients. One, they could have anesthesiologists slowly wake up patients enough to respond to stimuli during surgery. Or two, they could just complete the surgery and test each patient once they naturally woke up.

Evaluating Pedicle Screw Misplacement

By Admin | June 09, 2016

A review of patient charts, x-rays, and CT scans evaluated the accuracy of pedicle screw placement in order to gauge the relationship of screw misplacement with morbidity.

Are Health Care Providers Helping to Decrease Unnecessary Surgeries?

By Admin | June 09, 2016

Lower back pain seems to be getting worse and worse for adults in the United States. It is the fifth most common reason for adults to visit the doctor, as well as their most frequently reported discomfort. This correlates with the documented rise of lumbar fusion and other back surgeries. In fact, between the years of 1993 and 2001, total lumbar fusions increased 356%.

Is Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Always Necessary?

By Admin | June 08, 2016

When it comes to the complexities of the human spine and all of the delicate parts it protects, most surgeons side with the use of IONM for invasive procedures, like correcting deformities and removing tumors. Many of those same surgeons would also say that neuromonitorning is unnecessary for simple, by-the-book procedures, like microdiscectomies or laminectomies. However, the pressure to always monitor no matter the surgery is growing, especially when it comes to the risk of malpractice lawsuits.

The Emerging Payment Model in Spine Care

By Admin | June 01, 2016

It appears that providers open to adopting bundled payments are able to increase their patient volumes from payers seeking cost-effective care, according to a survey reported in Spine Journal.

Four Spine Reimbursement Insights

By Admin | May 25, 2016

A study published in Spine Journal (February 2016 - Volume 41 - Issue 4 - p 344–352) concludes that providers can increase patient volumes from payers by adopting bundled payments. Becker’s Spine Review lists their four conclusions from the study taken from interviews with 24 stakeholders across 18 organizations. Collectively, these organizations perform around 12,000 inpatient spine surgeries each year.

Who Really Makes the Decision to Use or Not to Use IONM?

By Admin | May 16, 2016

When it comes to spine surgery and neuromonitoring, there is no medical standard of care to determine if IONM should or should not be used.

Physician-Owned Distributorships Damage Health Care

By Admin | May 13, 2016

Physician-Owned Distributorships (PODs) lead to unnecessary and overly complicated procedures, often use illegal business practices, and are finding ways to circumvent anti-kickback laws.

Delays & Preauthorization Coverage Denials can Impact Practices

By Admin | May 10, 2016

"Further, respondents indicated surgery preauthorization does not lead to appropriate reimbursement in approximately one-third of the cases,” states a study conducted by the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.

The Push to Change the Stark Law

By Admin | March 16, 2016

A new ­performance-based payment model, created to encourage hospitals and physicians to collaborate, may violate the Stark Law,

HHS meets 2016 goal of shifting Medicare payments to alternative models

By Admin | March 16, 2016

Health and Human Services (HHS) has made a move that will help initiate a better healthcare delivery system

Cervical Total Disc Replacement Versus Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

By Admin | March 09, 2016

Researchers conducted a five-year study to determine whether cervical total disc replacement (TDR) carries less risk

Various Courses of Action for Spinal Care

By Admin | March 09, 2016

When it comes to back pain, a patient can expect four different courses of action if he sees four different physicians.

Dallas Pharmacy Accused of Paying Illegal Kickbacks to Physicians

By Admin | March 02, 2016

On February 5, 2016, the Dallas Morning News reported that federal investigators were examining a local pharmacy in potential violation of anti-kickback laws.

New Data Impacts the Standard of Spine Care

By Admin | March 02, 2016

Alexander Vaccaro, MD, and Charles Fisher, MD, examined six areas of spinal intervention to determine if clinical norms were the best course of action.

Forest Park Medical Center declares bankruptcy, slated for sale.

By  | March 02, 2016

The Forest Park Medical Center with multiple campuses around the Dallas/Fort Worth area filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy near the end of 2015.

Co-owned hospitals in North Texas - Announced

By  | February 26, 2016

Dallas-based organizations Baylor Scott & White Health and Tenet Healthcare plan to co-own five hospitals in the North Texas region.

Accomplishments and Mistakes Made by Physicians in 2015

By Admin | February 26, 2016

Medscape, part of WebMD Health Professional Network, has listed the best and worst physicians of 2015.

Why Surgeon Documentation is Important

By Admin | February 26, 2016

A surgeon’s job doesn’t end once he or she leaves the operating room. When it comes to the health of both patients and the practice, documentation plays a key role in improving healthcare.

IONM reduces neurological risks.

By  | February 26, 2016

Neuromonitoring is a valuable tool that helps keep patients safe, and the numbers back up that claim.

House Bill 2978 - Texas Neurodiagnostic Technologists Bill

By Admin | February 26, 2016

Representative Greg Bonnen, a neurosurgeon, introduced House Bill 2978 on behalf of the Texas Neurodiagnostic Society.

Three Techniques to Preserve Somatosensory Function

By Admin | February 26, 2016

Dr. Richard Vogel, neuroscientist and board-certified neurophysiologist, wrote an informative article about dorsal column mapping intramedullary spinal cord tumor surgery.

BCBS of Texas Drops Preferred Provider Organization Plans

By  | February 26, 2016

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas replaced their Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans in the Affordable Care Act's federal exchange and the private individual market with Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans.

The Future of Health with Telehealth

By  | February 15, 2016

With new and emerging technologies come new ways for patients and doctors to interact. Telehealth includes virtual visits, remote patient monitoring, mobile health applications, and online patient education. It has the ability to revolutionize healthcare as we know it.

Surgical monitoring firms are under scrutiny.

By Admin | December 21, 2015

The Austin American Statesman posted an article in November 2015 about how some intraoperative neuromonitoring companies are making backdoor deals with hospitals and surgeons in order to inflate their profits at the expense of insurance companies.