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Croatia develops successful robotised neurosurgery system

By Admin | October 11, 2019

ZAGREB, Sept 30 (Hina) – Over the past 11 years, Croatia has invested HRK 42 million in medical robotics and developed a successful robotised neurosurgery system, the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovation and Investments has said.

Dr. Raymond Gardocki: Endoscopic spine surgery in the US — will it catch up to other countries?

By Admin | October 10, 2019

Raymond Gardocki, MD, joined Memphis, Tenn.-based Campbell Clinic Orthopedics after completing a spine surgery fellowship at the Los Angeles Spine Surgery Institute in 2004. Dr. Gardocki specializes in minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery and adapted endoscopy into his practice after performing his first procedure in 2017. In February, he completed his 100th endoscopic spine surgery using Joimax technology. Although there are some challenges to overcome in the training, Dr. Gardocki maintains that endoscopy is the least invasive, safest approach to spine surgery, which allows for a decrease in morbidity rates and recovery times. Here, Dr. Gardocki shares his insight on endoscopic spine surgery and the benefits of awake surgery.

Texas’ Dismal Health Insurance Rate: Causes and Economic Impact

By Admin | October 09, 2019

Texas has the worst rate uninsured people in the country for the second year in a row, according to information released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas was one of only nine states to see an increase in the number of people without health insurance, as the rate increased from 17.3 percent in 2017 to 17.7 percent (around five million people) in 2018. The increase could see increased stress put on the healthcare system in North Texas and statewide, having significant economic impacts.

3 hospitals using virtual reality for preoperative, intraoperative neurosurgery

By Admin | October 08, 2019

Here are three hospitals that have incorporated virtual reality into neurosurgery procedures. Pediatric neurosurgeon Kurtis Auguste, MD, adapted virtual reality to plan procedures at University of San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform, developed by Surgical Theater, allows surgeons to navigate through the patient's brain using virtual reality.

Efficiencies, specialty teams equip hospital outpatient departments for same-day spine surgery

By Admin | October 07, 2019

CHICAGO — Although payments are sometimes lower for spine surgery performed at an ASC vs. a hospital outpatient department, a presenter here said the efficiencies and lower risk related to spine surgery performed outpatient in a hospital may make it the preferred treatment setting for many types of spine surgery cases. “Risk is something that has to be taken into great consideration here,” Michael P. Steinmetz, MD, said during a symposium at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting about ASCs as the next possible frontier in spine surgery.

Characteristics and Long-Term Outcome of 20 Children With Intramedullary Spinal Cord Cavernous Malformations

By Admin | October 04, 2019

BACKGROUND No prior reports have focused on the natural history and long-term outcomes of intramedullary spinal cord cavernous malformations (ISCCMs) in children. OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical characteristics and long-term outcomes of pediatric ISCCMs and identify the risk of hemorrhage. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed a series of 20 pediatric patients (<18 yr old) from a consecutive series of 254 patients with ISCCMs evaluated at a single institution.

The Spine Journal publishes DiscGenics research for back pain treatment — 5 insights

By Admin | October 03, 2019

The Spine Journal, the official journal of the North American Spine Society, published a DiscGenics study examining preclinical testing for Discogenic Cells, reports OA Online. Five insights.

How to fix surprise billing without impeding access to care

By Admin | October 02, 2019

The AMA and other physician organizations representing hundreds of thousands of U.S. doctors are outlining for policymakers how to keep patients out of the middle of any billing disputes that arise between physicians and health insurance companies. “As your committees develop a legislative solution to protect patients from surprise medical bills, we urge you to keep in mind the potential for unintended consequences of congressional action to impact patient access to care, particularly in rural and underserved communities,” says a letter sent to the chairmen and ranking members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee.

The Influence of Intraoperative Technology on Neurosurgery Training

By Admin | October 01, 2019

Intraoperative technology (IOT) is an expanding field designed to produce better patient outcomes and decrease iatrogenic injury. Neurosurgical residents often encounter these machines in the operating room. Therefore, our primary objective was to assess the influence of IOT on neurosurgery residents’ surgical skills and training.

FOX61 Exclusive: This man is awake, and singing, during brain surgery

By Admin | September 30, 2019

NEW HAVEN -- It's a nightmare scenario when under the knife, waking up in the middle of surgery and knowing what's going on. But in some cases, it can be a life saver. Surgeons at Yale New Haven's Smilow Cancer Hospital have perfected a procedure called an awake craniotomy. FOX61's anchor Jenn Bernstein and photographer Mike Howard were invited into the operating room, where they had a chance to see an incredible procedure first-hand.

How the spine surgery patient population is changing from 5 surgeons

By Admin | September 27, 2019

Five spine and neurosurgeons share changes in their patient population and provide insight into how it may evolve in the future. Question: How has your patient population changed over the past five years? How do you expect it to evolve in the future?

How Johnson & Johnson plans to grow orthopedic, spine robotics in the next 24 months

By Admin | September 26, 2019

Johnson & Johnson is looking to robotics and digital surgery to drive future innovation and growth in the healthcare and orthopedics space. The company has made key acquisitions in the robotics space over the past few years, including the up to $5.75 billion purchase of Auris earlier this year, and Monarch, a minimally invasive technology to obtain lung biopsies. The company also brought on Fred Moll, MD, a founder of robotics company Intuitive and Auris, to lead its robotics efforts.

Mumbai: 11-year-old Kurdistan's boy undergoes surgery for a rare spinal cord disorder: What is scoliosis?

By Admin | September 25, 2019

Mumbai: A rare spinal cord tumour forced an 11-year-old Kurdistani boy to limp for most of his life. However, after successfully undergoing complex spinal microsurgery at a hospital in Parel, the patient, Goran Shakhawan, will now be able to walk properly and can resume his normal activities like the children of his age. Goran was 5-years-old when his mother noticed that he was limping due to the shortening of his left leg and scoliosis, a condition that causes abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.

Robotic-assisted spinal fusion and emerging trends in outpatient spine surgeries: Q&A with Dr. Richard Chua

By Admin | September 24, 2019

Richard Chua, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon and fellow of the American College of Surgeons at Northwest NeuroSpecialists in Tucson, Ariz. Dr. Chua is a founding member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and an active member of several societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and North American Spine Society. Here, Dr. Chua shares his insight on artificial intelligence, robotic-assisted spinal fusion and the development of outpatient procedures in spine.

NUVASIVE LAUNCHES POROUS TITANIUM TLIF IMPLANTS

By Admin | September 23, 2019

San Diego, California-based NuVasive, Inc. has announced the commercial launch of Modulus TLIF-A, a porous titanium spine implant engineered for the transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedure. This completes the NuVasive’s Advanced Materials Science (AMS) portfolio for all major posterior interbody fusion techniques used in TLIF. "The Modulus TLIF-A system is the perfect synergy between optimized material properties and deliverability," said Jeffrey L. Gum, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at the Norton Leatherman Spine Center. "The lattice design allows for improved imaging characteristics, a prime environment to promote fusion and an ideal modulus of elasticity. Additionally, the system optimizes surgical workflow by utilizing a single instrument for implant insertion and articulation."

Kauvery Hospital Launches Advanced Robotic Technology to Aid Neurosurgery

By Admin | September 20, 2019

The hospital said that the newly unveiled 3D microscope and robotic surgical device would help in enhancing safety and précision, besides decreasing surgical time.

CNS develops evidence-based guidelines for treatment of pediatric myelomeningocele

By Admin | September 19, 2019

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) has developed an evidence-based guideline for the treatment of patients with myelomeningocele. Executive summaries of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guidelines for Pediatric Myelomeningocele were published today in Neurosurgery.

MRI Interventions’ Achieves 3,000th ClearPoint® Neuro Navigation Procedure

By Admin | September 18, 2019

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MRI Interventions, Inc. (NYSE American: MRIC) announces that its ClearPoint Neuro Navigation System has recently completed its 3,000th neurosurgical procedure. “This milestone is a testament to the value surgeons are placing on precision guided therapy, especially in neurosurgery where the stakes are the highest,” commented Joe Burnett, President and CEO of MRI Interventions. “Although the timing is coincidental, we were thrilled to share this success with the team at the University of California, San Francisco, who have partnered with us for the last decade in refining our platform and ensuring the voice of not only the doctor, but also that of the patient, is included in every improvement. It is also important to note that not only did UCSF perform the 3,000th case using ClearPoint, they also performed the 3,001st case that same day. UCSF is among the now ten centers scheduling two cases per day utilizing the same MRI scanner, which has been a strategic push for us in the past year.”

Spinal cord injury — Treatment evolution and what to expect in the future from Dr. James Harrop

By Admin | September 17, 2019

James Harrop, MD, is chief of the division of spine and peripheral nerve surgery at Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia as well as the neurosurgery director of the Delaware Valley SCI Center in Philadelphia and neurosurgery director for adult reconstructive spine. He details the most interesting advancements of the past decade for spine surgery and spinal cord injury, as well as which treatments are most promising for the future. Note: Responses were edited for style and clarity.

Deep Brain Stimulation

By Admin | September 16, 2019

Deep Brain Stimulation is an advanced neuromodulatory therapy that is utilized to restore function in patients with many neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Essential and other forms of Tremor, Dystonia and patients with Neuropsychiatric Diseases. The Yale Neuromodulatory Center, led by Dr. Jason Gerrard, MD PhD, is the premier DBS center in Connecticut and one of the most active DBS centers in the NorthEast.

Dr. Jaime Nieto: Endoscopic spine surgery is the next skill patients will demand

By  | September 13, 2019

Jaime Nieto, MD, is chief of the section of neurological surgery and spine surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. Dr. Nieto describes the big technology trends in spine today, and the threat of siloed care.

Better guidelines needed to manage postoperative spine infection

By Admin | September 12, 2019

Compared to the literature available about how to manage acute and chronic infection in the total joint arthroplasty, few guidelines are available to help orthopedic surgeons manage postoperative infection in spine surgery patients, an orthopedic spine surgeon said at the Musculoskeletal Infection Society Annual Open Scientific Meeting, here. “The large national associations, like the North American Spine Society and [American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons] AAOS, we really don’t have guidelines from them and that’s partly because of the data or the lack thereof. Clinical practice is highly variable,” Joseph H. Schwab, MD, MS, said

A Simple Retractor for Anterior Cervical Diskectomy

By Admin | September 11, 2019

Background: The insertion of available cervical retractor systems is relatively complex for the limited exposure required for single-level anterior cervical diskectomy. Objective: To introduce a novel cervical retractor system and report the initial experience of its application.

ONE UVA NEUROSURGEON’S QUEST TO IMPROVE BRAIN SURGERY AROUND THE WORLD

By Admin | September 10, 2019

When University of Virginia neurosurgeon Dr. Hasan Syed co-founded the Global Brainsurgery Initiative, he was returning his attention to a problem he first noticed as a child, traveling from his home in Northern Virginia to visit relatives in Pakistan.

Neurosurgery asks AI to help answer hard questions about injured brains

By Admin | September 09, 2019

One of the medical specialties highly hopeful in AI’s potential to guide care is neurosurgery. That’s because patients with traumatic brain injuries often present care teams and family members with an especially thorny decision: Operate to potentially save a life or withhold surgery to possibly avoid severe postsurgical disabilities? Stat News drills into the ways AI can help guide such decisions in a piece posted Aug. 14. The article’s author, Duke neurosurgeon Jacquelyn Corley, MD, wraps her discussion around the case of an elderly patient who arrived in a trauma center after a car crash. The man was unconscious and showed signs of an accumulating brain bleed.

FDA CLEARS NEXXT MATRIXX STAND ALONE CERVICAL SYSTEM

By Admin | September 06, 2019

Noblesville, Indiana-based Nexxt Spine LLC has announced that the FDA has cleared for commercial sale via the 510(k) process the NEXXT MATRIXX Stand Alone Cervical System. According to the company, “NEXXT MATRIXX Stand Alone Cervical System is a stand-alone anterior cervical interbody fusion system intended for use as an adjunct to fusion at one or two contiguous levels (C2-T1) in skeletally mature patients for the treatment of degenerative disc disease (defined as discogenic neck pain with degeneration of the disc confirmed by history and radiographic studies.”

Surgeon impresses upon physicians the value of outpatient surgery

By Admin | September 05, 2019

Richard Berger, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, has performed more than 10,000 outpatient joint replacement surgeries. Now, he's trying to get more physicians to do more outpatient surgery themselves. Joint replacement patients who go home the same day of surgery are as happy, if not happier, than those who remained in the hospital, according to a study out of Rush University Medical Center led by Berger.

Responding to Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Changes During Pediatric Coronal Spinal Deformity Surgery

By Admin | September 04, 2019

Intraoperative multimodality neuromonitoring (IONM) has been established as the standard adjunct to spinal deformity surgery.1-6 Despite its universal acceptance and use, there remains significant controversy into what constitutes a neuromonitoring change, what significance does that change represent, what actions should be taken in response to the change, and which factors led to the changes.

Skills evaluation, tailored feedback: McGill AI project could change the way brain surgeons are trained

By Admin | September 03, 2019

Alexander Winkler-Schwartz focuses on the computer-generated brain on the screen while, below, his hands gently remove the virtual brain tumour inside the mannequin’s head. An artificial intelligence algorithm tracks the neurosurgery resident’s every movement – ready to classify his performance as part of a research project at McGill University, where intelligent machines are learning to rank people based on how deftly they take away the tumour.

BCBS of Texas Ordered to Pay $21 Million for “Willful Conduct of Fraud”

By Admin | August 29, 2019

A Texas judge has ordered Richardson’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas to pay more than $21 million to Knox County Hospital in unpaid insurance claims because of “acts to be willful conduct of fraud,” according to the Times Record News in Wichita Fallas.

Neurosurgical Awareness Month 2019 The American Association of Neurological Surgeons Focuses on the Spine

By Admin | August 29, 2019

Newswise — ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (August 1, 2019) — In August 2019, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) has turned the focus of Neurosurgical Awareness Month to the diseases and treatments of the spine. To share information, all of the association’s Patient Pages relating to conditions and treatments of the spine, which reside on www.aans.org, were updated by fellows of the association.

A Patient's Guide to Brain Disease

By Admin | August 28, 2019

The human brain is a remarkable piece of equipment. The National Library of Medicine calls it “the control center of the body. It controls thoughts, memory, speech and movement. It regulates the function of many organs.” When your brain is healthy, it manages all those functions automatically.

Episodes of care and bundled payments, a sustainable approach

By Admin | August 27, 2019

This article is a portion of a book titled "Challenges, Risks and Opportunities in Today's Spine World " edited by Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Frank Phillips, MD, and Richard Fessler, MD. You can find links to the previous chapters at the end of this article. The healthcare industry is clearly in the middle of a learning period, the goal of which is to understand how value-based care functions differently from fee-for-service care and the benefits a shift may provide. While this comment may surprise some practitioners who are not looking beyond the horizon, make no mistake that defined bundled payment programs are a temporary practice space, and the industry is in the middle of a learning curve for the future of healthcare. The next 8-10 years will be a period of folding in more and more clinical activity until enough information can be gleaned to shape a final value-based model. Early activity in bundled programs demonstrates the development of increased use of evidenced-based medicine, a better understanding of costs, improvements in care coordination, and higher quality patient care. It is for this reason that it is extremely important not only to participate in these value-based models for educational and financial benefit, currently, but also to look with a critical eye to ensure a sustainable final model evolves.

Integrated Technology Platform Enables Better Spine Surgery

By Admin | August 26, 2019

An innovative multiple technology operating room (OR) platform helps surgeons adopt a more efficient and less disruptive minimally invasive surgery (MIS) approach in all spine procedures.

Mum's sight saved after brain tumour removed through her NOSE

By Admin | August 23, 2019

A mother's sight was saved after she had an operation to remove a brain tumour - through her nose. Jackie Llewellyn-Robinson first became aware that something might be wrong when she started to feel dizzy and lightheaded when standing up. But she had no idea of the horrible ordeal that was to come when a few days later the vision in her left eye became blurred.

Grays Harbor Community Hospital (WA) Refuses to Pay $1 Million Ransomware Demand

By Admin | August 22, 2019

As reported in Modern Healthcare, on June 15, 2019, Grays Harbor Community Hospital and its Harbor Medical Group discovered databases containing patient electronic health records (EHRs) had been hit by ransomware, which encrypted files across its network. Hackers demanded a ransom of more than one million U.S. dollars in bitcoin, a cryptocurrency. After contacting the FBI, Grays Harbor was advised to not pay the ransomware and is working with security experts to recover the affected databases and re-establish access to the entire electronic medical record (EMR). It is also working with third-party cybersecurity experts to upgrade security systems and protocols, and implement more robust backup procedures.

Brain bypass surgery performed

By Admin | August 21, 2019

A complex brain aneurysm was removed through a unique bypass surgery. Neurosurgeon D. Shyam said that the patient approached the hospital after complaining of frequent headaches and double vision. Scan revealed that a large aneurysm or an abnormal vessel dilation was located in the brain. If ruptured, it could cause sudden loss of life or a stroke.

MiRus receives FDA clearance for new spine alignment device

By Admin | August 20, 2019

MiRus received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Galileo spine alignment monitoring system. Galileo received the 2018 Spine Technology Award at the North American Spine Society meeting for excellence and innovation in spine surgery navigation. The device is a non-optical real-time measuring system for segmental and global sagittal spine alignment.

The most dangerous trend in spine surgery

By Admin | August 19, 2019

Ten spine surgeons reveal the trends in healthcare that could have a negative impact on spine surgeons and care delivery in the future. Timothy Witham, MD. Johns Hopkins Bayview (Baltimore): The usual issues, mainly insurance companies dictating the way we care for patients and limiting the opportunities for patients to receive certain treatments.

Claim That Doctor Failed to Monitor Fatal Surgery Yields $4.2M Settlement in Atlantic County

By Admin | August 16, 2019

A $4.2 million settlement was reached on July 3 in Niedzwiadek v. Anmuth, the Atlantic County case of a Southampton woman who died following routine neck surgery after the physician who was supposed to be monitoring her signals remotely allegedly was out driving and making phone calls.

NuVasive Releases Pulse Spinal Surgical System

By Admin | August 15, 2019

NuVasive, a company based in San Diego, California, is releasing its Pulse system. The product combines a number of technologies, including neuromonitoring, global alignment, rod bending, imaging with radiation reduction, and navigation, to help surgeons perform spinal procedures.

Trump adviser described as ‘key architect’ of drug-pricing blueprint to step down

By Admin | August 14, 2019

John O'Brien, a former insurance industry executive, will step down less than one year after his appointment as senior advisory to HHS Secretary Alex Azar on drug-pricing reform. He had worked for HHS since March 2017 and also previously worked for CMS.

Why Students Become Neurologists

By Admin | August 13, 2019

Hi. I'm Dr Stephen Krieger, the neurology residency program director at Mount Sinai in New York. I'm here at the American Academy of Neurology 2019 meeting in Philadelphia to tell you about an education research project that we presented this year. We have been very interested in why students become neurologists. This is a topic of interest in our field. A recent publication by Gutmann and colleagues[1] looked at some of the reasons why students said they wanted to be neurologists.

NuVasive launches Pulse integrated technology platform

By Admin | August 12, 2019

NuVasive has announced the launch of its Pulse integrated technology platform. According to a press release, “Pulse is the first, single platform to include multiple technologies designed to help surgeons adopt more efficient, less disruptive surgical approaches in all spine procedures.”

New Guideline for Trigeminal Neuralgia Released

By Admin | August 09, 2019

OSLO, Norway — All patients with trigeminal neuralgia (TN) should undergo MRI, a new guideline for diagnosing and treating this condition recommends. The guideline, developed by a task force of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN), also recommends that neurovascular contact (NVC) should not be used to confirm a diagnosis of primary TN but to determine whether surgery is warranted.

Increase in Prevalence of Degenerative Joint Disorders Drives Shoulder Replacement Implants Market During Forecast Period

By Admin | August 08, 2019

Shoulder Replacement Implants Market Introduction Shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces the original ball and socket surfaces of the shoulder with similar shaped prosthetic implants. Various types of shoulder replacement procedures can be performed depending on the needs of patients. Some of the procedures include total shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder replacement, partial shoulder replacement, shoulder resurfacing, and revision shoulder arthroplasty. Embedding the right prosthetic implant depends on the type of surgical procedure to be performed. For instance, use of HemiCAP implants is an active alternative to a total shoulder replacement procedure.

8 key updates from Mayo Clinic's orthopedics, spine & neurosurgery services in the past year

By Admin | August 06, 2019

Here are eight key developments from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic in the past year, focused on its orthopedic, spine and neurosurgery services. 1. The Mayo Clinic revealed plans to build a $233 million oncology facility on its Jacksonville, Fla., campus which will feature proton beam therapy, which is used for tumors of the spine, brain and neck among others. The treatment was introduced at Mayo's Rochester, Minn.-based campus in 2015 and Phoenix campus in 2016.

Will Telemedicine Change Practice for Neurologists?

By Admin | August 05, 2019

Teleneurology is one branch of the expanding field of telemedicine. In this exclusive MedPage Today video from the recent American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Philadelphia, Marisa McGinley, DO, of the Cleveland Clinic, discusses the technology's advantages and limitations for neurologists. Following is a transcript of her remarks: I think that teleneurology is not going to be the right fit for every single encounter with a patient, and it's also kind of [based on] us, as a field, learning about where it can be additive and not subtractive. Admittedly, there's a lot to figure out in that respect.

Aligarh: Malignant brain tumour removed while patient was awake

By Admin | August 02, 2019

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Dr. Andrew Freese: 4 Qs on spine technology and trends ahead

By Admin | August 01, 2019

Andrew Freese, MD, is a neurosurgeon at Suburban Community Hospital in East Norriton Township, Pa. Here, Dr. Freese discusses what technology he is most excited about in spine, thoughts on how to tackle the opioid epidemic and more.

California hospital showcases virtual reality technology for neurosurgery — 3 insights

By Admin | July 31, 2019

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian showcased Surgical Theater's virtual reality medical imaging technology in a tour of its ORs, reports The OC Register. Three insights:

Physicians Strongly Support House Effort to Protect Patients from Surprise Bills

By Admin | July 30, 2019

Out of the Middle, a coalition of leading health care providers, applauds today's introduction of the bipartisan Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act. This is the only legislative framework before Congress that takes patients out of the middle of medical billing disputes, continues to ensure patients have access to health care services when and where they need them, and provides a level playing field for physicians and insurers.

Dr Scott Kutz Reveals Spine Surgery Solutions in Plano Texas

By Admin | July 29, 2019

n recent times, spine surgery has seen a major change in its procedure. What was traditionally done as “open surgery” which involved the complete exposure of the anatomy, can now be done with lesser damage to the body. This spine surgery treatment is called Minimally Invasive Surgery and has been around for quite some time.

AANS and CNS Urge Congress to Adopt Principles in Surprise Medical Bills Legislation

By Admin | July 25, 2019

On Feb. 7, the AANS and the CNS joined more than 100 state and national medical societies in sending Congress a letter outlining organized medicine’s core principles on so-called “surprise medical bills.” Given growing concern over the practice of unanticipated medical bills — largely driven by narrow insurance networks, which leaves some patients on the hook with the bill if they receive care from an out-of-network provider — Congress and the Trump Administration are considering legislation and/or regulations to address this problem.

First Came Kidney Failure. Then There Was The $540,842 Bill For Dialysis

By Admin | July 23, 2019

For months, Sovereign Valentine had been feeling progressively run-down. The 50-year-old personal trainer, who goes by "Sov," tried changing his workout and diet to no avail. Finally, one Sunday, he drove himself to the hospital in the small town of Plains, Mont., where his wife, Jessica, happened to be the physician on call. "I couldn't stop throwing up. I was just toxic."

AAOS, NASS PRAISE HEALTHCARE STICKER SHOCK LEGISLATION

By Admin | July 19, 2019

Both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the North American Spine Society (NASS) have praised an extremely rare tri-partisan Washington initiative (Democrats and Republican in Congress; President Trump) to act on the sometimes-huge surprise medical bills patients receive after surgery. At the same time, Trump was expected to issue an executive order, possibly this work week (May 28-31) which would require caregivers to publicly post prices and might send the Justice Department after so-called regional health care monopolies (see below).

CMS finds serious deficiencies at MD Anderson

By Admin | July 18, 2019

CMS found serious care deficiencies at Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Center during two investigations this spring, according to the Houston Chronicle. CMS investigated the facility in early April and mid-May after MD Anderson reported an adverse event involving a blood transfusion in December 2018. Regulators found issues involving nursing care, laboratory services, patient rights, institutional oversight and quality assurance, according to CMS letters cited by the Chronicle.

The modern-day twisted ethics of physician referrals. Patients would not prefer a referral based on her physician's employment arrangement rather than quality ratings but that is how our system is designed.

By Admin | July 17, 2019

Months ago, I reviewed medical claims for an employer interesting in reducing its annual increases in healthcare costs. The employer had an ordinary health plan for its covered members: a $1000 deductible and a $2500 out-of-pocket maximum. Granted, these member responsibilities might be a tough challenge for its low-wage workers but overall it was a common plan.

DOJ charges Oklahoma orthopedic surgeon, others in $4.3M compound drug prescription kickback scheme: 5 things to know

By Admin | July 15, 2019

The Department of Justice charged three Oklahoma-based physicians, including an orthopedic surgeon, are charged with violating the anti-kickback statute for their role in a scheme dating back to November 2012.

Spine payer trends in 2019: 4 surgeons identify challenges, opportunities

By Admin | July 12, 2019

The spine surgeon's ability to negotiate payer contracts and approval for procedures and new technology is an important part of running an effective practice. Here, four spine surgeons discuss the big payer trends in spine and identify opportunities for the future.

Family of New Jersey woman who died after neck surgery to get $4.2 million in settlement

By Admin | July 11, 2019

The son of a Burlington County woman who died after neck surgery is set to receive $4.2 million to settle a case involving a doctor who was allegedly out driving and making phone calls instead of remotely monitoring the operation.

Lumbar spinal fusion 90-day readmission rates: 4 key notes

By Admin | July 09, 2019

A new study published in Spine examines 90-day readmission rates for lumbar spine surgery. The study authors used the 2014 Nationwide Readmission Database to examine data for elective, inpatient, primary lumbar spine surgery patients. There were 169,788 patients included in the analysis.

Reprocessing of Pedicle Screws and Exposure in Sterile-Field Leads to Infection in Spinal Surgery

By Admin | July 03, 2019

Bacterial infections following spinal fusion occur at a rate of approximately 12.7%.1 These infections most commonly involve Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus, and are linked to reprocessing (rewashing and resterilizing) pedicle screws and exposure inside “sterile-field” in spinal surgery.2-4 Reprocessed screws have been found to harbor corrosion, biofilm, endotoxins, fatty tissue, and soap residue mixed with fat, whereas exposed pedicle screws in “sterile-field” become contaminated.3-5 New research suggests that avoiding reprocessing altogether and shielding pedicle screws intraoperatively with an impermeable guard can prevent or reduce the degree of contamination and resulting surgical site infections (SSIs).4 SpineUniverse spoke with coauthors of this study—Aakash Agarwal, PhD, Neel Anand, MD, and Jeffrey C. Wang, MD—to determine the magnitude of the issue, and how to prevent surgical site contamination linked to pedicle screws in spine surgery.

Researchers study risk factors of infection of the surgical site following neurosurgery

By Admin | July 01, 2019

The infection of the surgical site following a neurosurgery operation is one of the most complex complications facing specialized surgical nursing, due to its potential danger for the appropriate recovery of the patients.

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Current Diagnosis and Treatment Options How to assess this debilitating chronic condition, which often mimics other disorders.

By Admin | June 28, 2019

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is an extremely painful yet rare orofacial pain condition, and clear understanding of its mechanism and management remains an enigma.1 Originally known as tic douloureux due to its characteristic facial tics, this disorder may be described as a paroxysmal unilateral facial pain along the distribution of one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve. The maxillary and mandibular branches of the trigeminal nerve are most commonly affected, followed by the ophthalmic branch.2 The incidence of TN is 4 per 100,000 individuals, but increases to 20 per 100,000 in those over age 60. It is more common in females, with a 3:2 female:male ratio, and typically presents in individuals aged 50 or older.1

Dr. Stephen Kalhorn: 2 spine devices to be excited about and key considerations for early adapters

By Admin | June 26, 2019

Stephen Kalhorn, MD, is a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He treats patients for spinal cord, brain and spinal column disorders, including degenerative conditions affecting the spine such as neck pain, spine fractures and scoliosis among others. Here Dr. Kalhorn discusses innovations in spine, how to tackle the opioid epidemic and more.

When a Neurology Consult Is Unnecessary

By Admin | June 24, 2019

When a Neurology Consult Is Unnecessary

Texas Is Latest State To Attack Surprise Medical Bills

By Admin | June 19, 2019

A new Texas law aims to protect patients like Drew Calver, pictured here with his wife, Erin, and daughters, Eleanor (left) and Emory, in their Austin, Texas, home. After being treated for a heart attack in April 2017, Calver, a high school history teacher, got a surprise medical bill for $108,951.

AAOS, NASS PRAISE HEALTHCARE STICKER SHOCK LEGISLATION

By Admin | June 19, 2019

Both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the North American Spine Society (NASS) have praised an extremely rare tri-partisan Washington initiative (Democrats and Republican in Congress; President Trump) to act on the sometimes-huge surprise medical bills patients receive after surgery. At the same time, Trump was expected to issue an executive order, possibly this work week (May 28-31) which would require caregivers to publicly post prices and might send the Justice Department after so-called regional health care monopolies (see below).

AANS and CNS Urge Congress to Adopt Principles in Surprise Medical Bills Legislation

By Admin | June 19, 2019

On Feb. 7, the AANS and the CNS joined more than 100 state and national medical societies in sending Congress a letter outlining organized medicine’s core principles on so-called “surprise medical bills.

Study Finds First Effective Scalable Intervention for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

By Admin | June 17, 2019

A study run at five military and veterans' hospitals has identified the first highly-scalable intervention for addressing cognitive deficits that can occur after mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). The study results were presented at the 9th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference in Washington DC. The intervention studied was the brain training app BrainHQ, made by Posit Science.

Effectiveness of tonic and burst motor cortex stimulation in chronic neuropathic pain

By Admin | June 14, 2019

Motor cortex stimulation (MCS) is an intracranial, invasive method for treatment of chronic pain. Main indications for MCS are central post stroke pain, neuropathic facial pain, phantom limb pain and brachial plexus or spinal cord injury pain. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) with burst waveform has been proved to be more effective than tonic mode in chronic pain. Necessity to replace depleted batteries of motor cortex tonic stimulators gave us an opportunity of applying burst stimulation. The objective of the pilot study was to evaluate the effects of burst stimulation applied on motor cortex in patients with chronic pain syndromes as well as comparison to tonic mode.

3 Brain Aneurysm Risk Factors You Can Control (and 4 You Can’t)

By Admin | June 13, 2019

A brain aneurysm can happen to anyone at any time, even if they’re more common in people over the age of 40. It’s important to understand which brain aneurysm risk factors you can’t avoid and the ones you can take control of yourself.

Orthopedic surgeons weigh in on NFL ‘myths’ vs ‘facts’ about youth football injuries

By Admin | June 11, 2019

Troy Vincent Sr., the executive vice president of football operations at the National Football League, recently posted five “myths” about youth football and related injuries, as well as “facts” to debunk each myth, on his Facebook page. The document has come under fire in some circles because it has been said the league’s sole intent in issuing it is to refute some of the beliefs that playing tackle football at the high school and lower levels is unsafe.

How Video Games Change the Brain

By Admin | June 08, 2019

This year's American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting featured a nook of the exhibit hall called the Innovation Hub. Per the AAN website, it was intended to "…offer dynamic, interactive opportunities to explore the brain's final frontiers."

When the Brain Hits Your Eyes: Searching for a Revelation

By Admin | June 05, 2019

Wednesday morning, October 10, 2018. I was standing in an OR, 2,500 km away from my home and my medical school, trying to recall the five layers of the scalp to answer the question posed by Dr L., a seasoned neurosurgeon who was the leading physician in my first ever observation of a neurosurgical procedure. It was my starting day as a clinical attachment student in the neurosurgical oncology department of a National Health Service Hospital in the United Kingdom, and I was waiting to participate in a craniotomy for the removal of a malignant brain tumor.

Health Tip: Treating Scoliosis

By Admin | May 31, 2019

Scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the spine. Often diagnosed in early adolescence, most cases show symptoms such as uneven shoulders, waist or hips, says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Healthcare groups react to House surprise billing proposal

By Admin | May 30, 2019

The outline of a forthcoming House proposal to end surprise medical bills has drawn mixed reactions from healthcare groups.

FEDS BUST $1.2 BILLION MEDICARE ORTHOPEDIC BRACE SCAM

By Admin | May 24, 2019

The United States Department of Justice has announced that it has broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that sold unneeded orthopedic braces to seniors around the country.

Spine Center Network: Key thoughts on artificial disc replacement

By Admin | May 21, 2019

A spinal fusion has been the traditional treatment for a herniated disc but Sanjay Jatana, MD, a fellowship-trained cervical spine specialist at a Denver-based spine center within Spine Center Network, says that may no longer be the case.

6 spine, neurosurgeon moves in April

By Admin | May 16, 2019

Over the past month, six spine and neurosurgeons joined new practices or were promoted to new leadership roles within their organization.

Improvements Sustained 10 Years After Cervical Disc Replacement

By Admin | May 09, 2019

Improvements were sustained at 10 years for patients treated with the Mobi-C cervical disc in the trial that led to its approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013, a new study shows.

New surgical technique improves fixation and minimizes complications in shoulder replacement surgery

By Admin | May 02, 2019

New medical evidence shows improved mechanical fixation with a novel inset shoulder implant that minimizes surgical complications and may increase the longevity of artificial shoulder replacements. This new study in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery demonstrates, for the first time, successful long-term results with a promising new technology that is gaining the attention of shoulder surgeons.

20-year study finds link between mid-life inflammation and cognitive decline in old age

By Admin | April 30, 2019

New research suggests chronic inflammation may be a useful biomarker for future cognitive decline in later life.

New research findings could be key to improving outcomes for some brain cancers

By Admin | April 22, 2019

Researchers from the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center have found that a genetic mutation seen in about half of all brain tumors produces a response that prevents radiation treatment from working. Altering that response using US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs restores tumors’ sensitivity to radiation therapy, extending survival in mice.

The Case for Culture

By  | April 18, 2019

Neuromonitoring should be a critical part of any operating room; it gives surgeons real-time insight into what is happening to their patient during a procedure.

Are Soccer Pros at Higher Risk for ALS?

By Admin | April 17, 2019

Professional soccer players may be vulnerable to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests.

Texas bill would protect physicians who deny care based on religious beliefs

By Admin | April 09, 2019

Texas lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill that would extend legal cover to state-licensed professionals who deny services based on their faith, according to the Dallas News.

Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore mayor over $100K for books while seeking city contract

By Admin | April 04, 2019

Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh about $114,000 for about 20,000 copies of her self-published children's books while the healthcare organization was seeking a lucrative contract from a spending board controlled by the mayor, The Baltimore Sun reported this week.

Neurologists overwhelmed by stroke calls

By Admin | April 01, 2019

An increased demand for stroke evaluations at St. Charles Bend has overwhelmed community neurologists, leading to an overhaul of stroke care at the hospital and the injection of new stroke care expertise.

Emergency/urgent hospitalizations linked to accelerated cognitive decline in older adults

By Admin | March 26, 2019

Emergency and urgent hospitalizations are associated with an increased rate of cognitive decline in older adults, report researchers at Rush University Medical Center. Results of their study, published in the Jan. 11, 2019, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, shows that hospitalization may be a more of a major risk factor for long-term cognitive decline in older adults than previously recognized.

College student who thought she had ‘common cold’ diagnosed with brain cancer

By Admin | March 21, 2019

A college freshman who thought her headaches were symptoms of a common cold that she had picked up after moving into her new dorm this fall has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Laura Nuttall, 19, has already undergone brain surgery and radiotherapy for the tumors, but her family says that they’re not sure how much time she has left.

Treatment of Adults with Metastatic Brain Tumors : CNS Updates Guidelines

By Admin | March 18, 2019

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) has updated it's evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of adults with metatstic brain tumors, first published in 2010.

Study finds link between big bellies and shrinking brains

By Admin | March 15, 2019

Big belly, small brain? As if muffin toppers didn’t have enough to deal with, a new study that an expanding waistline triggers a shrinking brain.

Brain death diagnosis should be supported by uniform laws, policies: AAN

By Admin | March 11, 2019

"The American Academy of Neurology believes that a specific, uniform standard for the determination of brain death is critically important to provide the highest quality patient-centered neurologic and end-of-life care," Dr. James A. Russell from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, MA, told Reuters Health in an email interview.

Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: 2-Dimensional Surgical Video

By Admin | March 07, 2019

This operative video is a detailed look at minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.

Insurer skips doctors and sends massive checks to patients, prompting million-dollar lawsuit

By Admin | March 04, 2019

A woman received nearly $375,000 from her insurance company over several months for treatment she received at a California rehabilitation facility. A man received more than $130,000 after he sent his fiancée's daughter for substance abuse treatment. Those allegations are part of a lawsuit winding its way through federal court that accuses Anthem and its Blue Cross entities of paying patients directly in an effort to put pressure on health care providers to join their network and to accept lower payments.

Utilization of intraoperative neuromonitoring throughout the United States over a recent decade: an analysis of the nationwide inpatient sample

By Admin | February 25, 2019

Adult and pediatric spine surgeries have increased in numbers over the last several years (1). Given the difficult nature of spine surgery, ranging from simple lumbar decompression to advanced spinal deformity, iatrogenic neurologic injury is a rare but real complication. Recent studies have shown that the annual incidence of perioperative neurologic deficits after cervical and lumbar spine surgery increased by 54% from 0.68% in 1999 to 1.05% in 2011 (2). These neurologic complications are especially prevalent (up to 8%) in procedures requiring vertebral column resections (VCR). Given these findings, a reliable method of detecting potential neurologic complication during spinal surgery is essential (3,4).

Commentary: Costs and Their Predictors in Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery

By Admin | February 22, 2019

This paper explores the vast Truven MarketScan database (IBM, Armonk, New York) to compare costs associated with transsphenoidal microsurgical and transsphenoidal endoscopic approaches, using data derived from healthcare claims to multiple health plans and employers in 2010 to 2014.

Researchers compare focused ultrasound and DBS for essential tremor

By Admin | February 15, 2019

Focused ultrasound (FUS) thalamotomy and deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the ventral intermediate nucleus of the thalamus provide similar benefits for patients with essential tremor, according to two presentations delivered at the annual meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society. The techniques’ surgical procedures, associated risks, and adverse event profiles may influence neurologists and patients in their choice of treatment.

Technology helps , New Mexico teacher at Covenant Health

By Admin | February 12, 2019

A Clovis High School teacher is quickly recovering after having technology-aided open brain surgery in December. Brain mapping technology was used during the procedure at Covenant Health to remove a part of Marco Hicks’ brain that was causing epilepsy and debilitating seizures.

70% OF M.D.S STRESSED BY EHRS, ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS HIT WORST

By Admin | February 05, 2019

Orthopedists as a group are suffering more stress from being metaphorically chained to electronic health records systems (EHRs) than any other specialty, a new study says.

The Texas Medical Association’s 2019 Legislative Priorities

By Admin | January 31, 2019

With Texas making headlines regarding its uninsured rate and rural hospital closings, the Texas Medical Association has a tall task ahead of the 2019 legislative session in Austin. The 2018 election saw Democratic gains across the country, including Texas, but the state still remains in Republican hands. Legislators will have a chance to improve some of the state’s most persistent problems, and the TMA hopes to represent physicians and uphold its mission of improving the health of all Texans.

Aerobic Exercise Might Help Older Adults with Thinking Problems

By Admin | January 28, 2019

Anxious about your aging brain? The study was published this week in the online medical journal for the American Academy of Neurology. However, specialists who are not yet convinced of its effects would find this new study as a "randomized, clinical trial" that proves its beneficial result, via WSLS.

Xenith Shadow Aims to Up Football Safety

By Admin | January 23, 2019

While football helmets have come a long way from their initial leather design—which only featured a little, if any, padding—the potential for concussions and reducing injury has maintained at the forefront of the industry.

MS Treatment Decisions Can Cause a ‘Gambler’s Dilemma’

By Admin | January 16, 2019

One of the toughest decisions facing someone with MS is whether to begin treatment with a disease-modifying therapy (DMT). Equally tough, I think, is deciding which DMT road to travel — because there are three roads that can be followed.

The No. 1 takeaway from the 2019 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference: It's the platform, stupid

By Admin | January 14, 2019

If you want to understand the shifting sands of healthcare, you'll find no better place than the nonprofit provider track during the infamous JP Morgan Healthcare Conference that took place this week in San Francisco.

How Are Hospitals Posting Their Prices, and Is It Helpful?

By Admin | January 09, 2019

The Public Health Act was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires hospitals to make a public list of the hospital’s standard charges starting this year, but the posted price doesn’t tell the full story. Insurance, a person’s health, and the negotiated rate between insurers and providers complicates the out-of-pocket payment, the posted prices might not mean much to the average consumer.

Brain surgery leaves OKC man feeling the best he has in years

By Admin | January 07, 2019

As recently as a month ago, Bryan Williams had to plan every day carefully, making the most of the time between when his medications kicked in and when they wore off, leaving him exhausted and in pain.

Health in Focus: Benign Brain Tumors

By Admin | January 02, 2019

A brain tumor isn’t always cancer, and it’s not always a devastating diagnosis.

Health in Focus: Herniated Discs

By Admin | December 29, 2018

A herniated disc can cause pain, numbness or weakness in an arm of a leg, but there are plenty of treatments designed to help.

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 www.aapmr.org. 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, Amazon.com, 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 thehill.com, 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 PatientsBeforePolitics.org 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.

Deep Brain Stimulation

By Admin | September 16, 2016

Deep Brain Stimulation is an advanced neuromodulatory therapy that is utilized to restore function in patients with many neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Essential and other forms of Tremor, Dystonia and patients with Neuropsychiatric Diseases. The Yale Neuromodulatory Center, led by Dr. Jason Gerrard, MD PhD, is the premier DBS center in Connecticut and one of the most active DBS centers in the NorthEast.

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.

Brain changes may be linked to unexplained motor symptoms

By Admin | June 21, 1987

MINNEAPOLIS - A new study finds that people who have movement problems, symptoms that cannot be explained by an underlying disease, may have chemical changes in specific areas of the brain. The study is published in the June 5, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. These symptoms, which include tremors, muscle contractions or problems with walking, are called functional or psychogenic motor symptoms.

Commentary: Costs and Their Predictors in Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery

By Admin | October 14, 2019

This paper1 explores the vast Truven MarketScan database (IBM, Armonk, New York) to compare costs associated with transsphenoidal microsurgical and transsphenoidal endoscopic approaches, using data derived from healthcare claims to multiple health plans and employers in 2010 to 2014.