Becker's Spine Review

Becker's Spine Review April 2013 Issue

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INSIDE: 35 Spine Device Companies Making an Impact, 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference Brochure INSIDE Dr. John Finkenberg Top advocacy issues for NASS p. 10 Spine Surgery Coverage Rates 8 big impact factors p. 42 SPINE REVIEW April 2013 • Vol. 2013 No. 2 8 Big Trends in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery By Laura Miller Spine Surgery Research 5 big opportunities p. 29 Dr. Frank Phillips How to influence spine care policy p. 13 35 Spine-Driven ASCs to Know p. 46 Minimally invasive spine surgery has been available for several years, but the trend has just begun picking up steam across the country. Many surgeons who learned traditional open surgery are content with those procedures, but more spine fellows are seeking to learn minimally invasive techniques and will begin incorporating them into their practices at a faster rate than ever before. continued on page 8 50 Spine Surgeons & Specialists Researching Biologics for Spine Treatments By Heather Linder Here are 50 spine surgeons and specialists with research and innovation in stem cells and biologics. INDEX Table of Contents p. 6 Spine Advocacy & Policy p. 10 Spine Research & Innovation p. 29 Spine Device & Technology p. 39 Howard An, MD, is the director of spine surgery and the spine fellowship at Rush University Medical Center and a member of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago. He has spent more than a decade researching intervertebral disc degeneration and associated factors to understand how the condition relates to lower back pain. Ian Armstrong, MD, is the medical director of Southern California Spine Institute in Los Angeles. Throughout his career, Dr. Armstrong has worked on several different research projects including stem cell treatment and motion preservation technology.  Hyun Bae, MD, is the co-director of the spine fellowship program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He has spent a great deal of continued on page 15 Economics, Politics & the Independent Spine Surgeon: Q&A With Dr. Craig Callewart By Laura Miller Craig Callewart, MD, a spine surgeon with Methodist Hospital for Surgery in Addison, Texas, talks about how the upcoming fiscal cliff deal will impact spine practices and the steps surgeons can take to shape healthcare policy in the future. Q: What do spine surgeons need to know about the looming fiscal cliff discussions? Dr. Craig Callewart: The government could run out of money if the debt ceiling isn't extended. There's no way for the government to pay its obligations and no feasible way to prioritize what checks are going out, so it's expected that providers who dedicated their services for Medicare and Medicaid patients won't be paid. We all need to be prepared for several weeks of less or no pay. continued on page 12 register today! 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Drive ASC Conference June 13-15, 2013 in Chicago The Best Business Conference for Spine and ASCs Featuring 50+ Physicians Speaking, 90+ Sessions Featuring keynote speakers Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K), Geoff Colvin, Brad Gilbert, Forrest Sawyer and more than 135 speakers. For more information visit

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