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Specialists caution against building MACRA on a flawed cornerstone
Specialists caution against building MACRA on a flawed cornerstone
Andrew Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), recently surprised many by voicing what healthcare providers in the country had known for years: CMS� staged Meaningful Use program had outlived its usefulnes...
Reducing opioid dependence � The multimodal approach to pain management
Reducing opioid dependence � The multimodal approach to pain management
At the North American Spine Society's 30th Annual Meeting held in Chicago, experts discussed the benefits of utilizing a multimodal model in pain management in a symposium titled "Recent Advances in Managing Postoperative Pain Without Opioids."
Bill Would Require Doctors to Report Medical-Device Hazards
Bill Would Require Doctors to Report Medical-Device Hazards
Doctors would be required to report potentially serious problems with medical devices they use to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, under a new bill that a pair of lawmakers is expected to introduce in Congress Wednesday.
A Cure for Digital Addicts� �Text Neck�?
A Cure for Digital Addicts� �Text Neck�?
The Ache: In the digital age, many people spend hours daily bent over computers, phones and tablets�our necks craned forward. Some scientists say this unnatural position can lead to pain, headaches and other symptoms, sometimes collectively called �tex...
Question of risk: Medtronic's lost study
Question of risk: Medtronic's lost study
For two years, Medtronic employees pored over the medical records that came flooding in from doctors and hospitals. They documented what happened to 3,600 patients who had received the firm�s pioneering bone-fusion product, called Infuse.
Patients lack understanding of spinal surgeon compensation
Patients lack understanding of spinal surgeon compensation
Patients have a lack of understanding about spine surgeons' compensation, according to a study published in the Nov. 1 issue of The Spine Journal.
More Than 50% Of Patients Prescribed Opioids Have Leftover Pills
More Than 50% Of Patients Prescribed Opioids Have Leftover Pills
In the wrong hands, opioid medication can�be deadly. With opioid-related overdoses increasing, the results of a new survey on storing and disposal practices�shouldn�t be a surprise to anyone: More than half of patients prescribed opioids have leftover ...
Doctor-Device Deals Need Scrutiny, Report Says
Doctor-Device Deals Need Scrutiny, Report Says
Spinal surgeons are more likely to perform surgery if they profit from the medical devices used in the treatment, according to a congressional study that recommends more safeguards to police such financial incentives.
Why spine surgeons need a voice on The Hill � Dr. John Finkenberg's key thoughts
Why spine surgeons need a voice on The Hill � Dr. John Finkenberg's key thoughts
Our nation's top legislators implement policies that mold the healthcare landscape in years to follow. To ensure legislators better understand the ins and outs of the healthcare industry, the North American Spine Society created a strong presence in th...
Oral Steroids Provide Little Pain Relief Over Placebo in Acute Radiculopathy Due to Disc Herniation
Oral Steroids Provide Little Pain Relief Over Placebo in Acute Radiculopathy Due to Disc Herniation
Despite the widespread use of oral corticosteroids for acute radiculopathy resulting from a herniated lumbar disc, this treatment did not significantly improve pain levels compared with placebo in a randomized controlled trial published in the May 19 i...
Study showed 40% of patients remained nonsmokers at 1 year after spine fusion
Study showed 40% of patients remained nonsmokers at 1 year after spine fusion
Patients who cease smoking before undergoing spine fusion surgery tend to have better postoperative outcomes, but the rate of recidivism was high in the first 3 months following the procedure, according to results of a recently published study.
FDA approves new uses for Medtronic's Infuse Bone Graft
FDA approves new uses for Medtronic's Infuse Bone Graft
For the first time, U.S. regulators have cleared Medtronic�s controversial Infuse Bone Graft biologic product for lower-back surgery for use with plastic � rather than titanium � spinal components.
Plano spine surgeon helps Ethiopian patients reclaim lives
Plano spine surgeon helps Ethiopian patients reclaim lives
Two young Ethiopians with severe spinal deformities are standing tall after undergoing extensive spinal corrective surgery last week at The Brain and Spine Hospital at The Medical Center of Plano.
4 ways to turn good posture into less back pain
4 ways to turn good posture into less back pain
Most of us get back pain at some point in our lives. It may be due to a sports-related injury, an accident, or a congenital condition such as scoliosis. But most of the time, upper or lower back pain develops during the course of day-to-day life. Repet...
The Best Stretches for Your Back After Sitting a Long Time
The Best Stretches for Your Back After Sitting a Long Time
A professor of physical therapy offers advice for desk-bound workers and people on long car trips