Becker's Spine Review

November/December, 2017, Becker's Spine Review

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November 2017 l Vol. 2017 No. 6 Inside the issue: Fired Swedish Health Neurosurgeon Receives $17.5M Award in Wrongful Termination Suit p. 11 Economics of Outpatient Spine Surgery; Mergers & More p. 14 Medtronic to Study Infuse in PLF, TLIF Spine Surgeries in New Pilot Trials: 5 Things to Know p. 32 The Most Common Financial Errors Independent Surgeons Make p. 19 BCBS Michigan 1st Private Payer to Cover Paradigm Spine's coflex: 5 Takeaways p. 32 Wisconsin Health System Blames Cerner Software for $16M in Losses p. 53 Telemedicine Saves Health Systems $24 Per Patient: 5 Things to Know p. 18 Tenet CEO Exits With $22.9M in Severance Pay p. 53 BECKER'S SPINE REVIEW The Next 5 Years in the Spinal Fusion Arena Seven spine surgeons share their thoughts on spinal fusion trends in the next five years, from the adoption of minimally invasive techniques to new technology altering approaches. Spinal fusions are increasingly migrating into the outaptient setting and surgeons predict patient-specific implants, 3-D customizable implants and robotic technology could impact the field going forward. INSIDE: 30 MIS Spine Devices to Know | 2017 91.6% of Spine Surgeons Have Financial Ties to Industry: 5 Things to Know A study published in Spine dug into the relationship between spine surgeons and industry, revealing spine surgeons receive an average of $994.07 from industry annually. Dr. Alexander Vaccaro: 2 Big Concerns and the Best Opportunity for Spine Surgeons Philadelphia-based Rothman Institute President Alexander Vaccaro, MD, divulges his major concerns as well as a great opportunity for spine surgeons moving forward, touching on payer issues, public misinformation and technology. See the full story on page 12. See the full story on page 8. See the full story on page 11. Becker's 16th Annual Future of Spine + The Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference June 14-16, 2018 | Swissotel, Chicago 222 Total Speakers 140+ Physicians and Surgeons Speaking Keynotes from Andrew Hayek, Joe Montana and Tucker Carlson Call 1.800.417.2035 or email registration@beckershealthcare.com or visit beckersasc.com/june-conference/ or email Scott Becker, sbecker@beckershealthcare.com or Jessica Cole, jcole@beckershealthcare.com. REGISTER TODAY 65+ STORIES FEATURED Inside The Issue

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