Subscribe Now
Forgot Password?

Weekly News, Analysis, and Commentary

Alphatec’s $49 Million French Adventure

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Napoleon Bonaparte and Wikimedia Commons
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Napoleon Bonaparte and Wikimedia Commons

When Healthpoint Capital merged Alphatec and Scient’X in 2006, it stuck its finger into a festering litigation involving French spine companies, secret deals and a French doctor in Beverly Hills. When the dust settled, Alphatec agreed to pay $49 million to lance the boil. Is it over? Read here.

Advertisement

Nine Rules for Physicians When Discussing CMS’s New Data Dump

Source:  Photo creation by RRY Publicaitons LLC and logo courtesy of Department of Health and Human Services
Source: Photo creation by RRY Publicaitons LLC and logo courtesy of Department of Health and Human Services

CMS just released the mother lode of payment and billing data to the public. Now lawyers, payers, bookkeepers and reporters can see what CMS claims surgeons did and how much they were paid. But watch out. Here are 15 essential facts every surgeon should know and prepare for.

Study: Patients, Not Surgeons, Driving Demand for Surgery // President of the NFL Physicians Society Says ACL Injuries NOT on the Rise // and MORE!

Source: Andrew Huth and RRY Publications LLC
Source: Andrew Huth and RRY Publications LLC

New Duke Study: patients opt for surgery more often than previously thought. Surprise! ACL injuries in the NFL are not increasing. Great news for physicians and patients, liposomal bupivacaine can get patients to the point of being pain free.

Advertisement

Six Questions Top Surgeons Ask About Stem Cells

Tom Einhorn And Geore Muschler AAOS 2014 /Source: AAOS
Tom Einhorn And Geore Muschler AAOS 2014 /Source: AAOS

“Stem Cells” have been in orthopedic use since before World War II. We just didn’t know they were “stem cells”. In fact, we probably still don’t know what the heck those cells are. Two of the top surgeons / scientists tackled the problems of understanding “Stem Cells” at AAOS and came up with six questions every physician should ask. Here goes, and take notes.

Advertisement

Blaha, Haddad: Four Rounds Over Femoral Neck Modularity

Current Concepts in Joint Replacement/Image created by RRY Publications, LLC
Current Concepts in Joint Replacement/Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“This is an unnecessary evil. It’s not required for function and may be associated with implant failure,” says David Blaha. Fares Haddad notes, “There are still indications for modularity, but we need to get the design right and simplify the technique. And it has to be generalizable.”

Advertisement
Advertisement