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Spinal Cap III: “Screwed in California” – Part 2

Photography by: Andrew Huth and RRY Publications LLC
Photography by: Andrew Huth and RRY Publications LLC

Roger Williams and his accomplices stand accused of bilking California Workers’ Comp payers for millions for overinflated and “counterfeit” pedicle screws. This week we bring you the final scene of Act III of the FBI Spinal Cap drama. See how the plot was allegedly hatched and how the accused are fighting back.

The 15 Best Orthopedic Stories of 2014

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

From mega-mergers to small entrepreneurs making their mark. From the antics of a dangerous rogue to the passing of a dear physician friend to us all. From the new world of generics and distribution and musical chairs of device sales reps to the latest in orthopedic science, 2014 was full of orthopedic stories. Here are the best of the best for 2014.

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HSS Surgeon: Shoulder Arthroplasty and Reverses on the Uptick // Brown University Surgeon Helps Out in Ukraine // and More!

Courtesy: Edward Craig, M.D., M.P.H.
Courtesy: Edward Craig, M.D., M.P.H.

Edward Craig, M.D. of Hospital for Special Surgery gives details on the explosion in shoulder arthroplasty and reverse replacements. On his own dime and his own time, Roman Hayda, M.D., traveled to Ukraine to get a better understanding of the care provided to war casualties. And John Flynn, M.D. discusses his new appointment as chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Lee v. Lombardi Over Patient Specific Instrumentation

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“The data does not support the use of patient specific instrumentation (PSI),” says Gwo-Chin Lee. “Claims of decreased operative time and improved alignment are unfounded.” Adolph Lombardi states, “The majority of studies DO show decreased processing and sterilization time, turnover time, etc. And hey, these things could soon be delivered to your OR by drone.”

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Peer Review Scam Hits Close to Home

Courtesy: Retraction Watch.com
Courtesy: Retraction Watch.com

How often is the managing editor of a major peer review journal also the lead author of a study appearing in that same journal? To put an even finer point on it, how often in such cases is the “peer review” process a scam? Thanks to Retraction Watch, the web site that tracks bad behavior on the part of peer-reviewed authors, we have an answer.

Obamacare May Not Survive a 2nd Supreme Challenge

Photo creation by RRY Publications LLC / Sources: Pete Souza and U.S. Government
Photo creation by RRY Publications LLC / Sources: Pete Souza and U.S. Government

The Roberts Court wants a second look at Obamacare. Odds are it may not survive this vote. And in the process two legacies—the President’s and a U.S. Chief Justices’—may well be changed forever. And as that drama unfolds, the medical device tax repeal may well be able to slip through and get to Obama’s desk for signature. Read how.

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