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First Quarter Orthopedics Scorecard: A-

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Photo creation by RRY Publications, LLC

With about 80% of the large joint companies reporting sales and 69% of all orthopedic sales now reported, it is almost certain that the first quarter of 2016 will set a new sales record. The majority of companies also raised their sales and earnings guidance for 2016. Here are the details.

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Landmark Study: Spine Care Prior-Authorizations May Not Reduce Surgeries or Costs

Source: Wikimedia Commons and foundphotos
Source: Wikimedia Commons and foundphotos

A landmark study out of Michigan tracked the effects of health plan prior authorizations on low-back pain patient care. Do such requirements reduce spine surgeries or lower costs? The data clearly shows they do not. It also explains why. Every health plan, hospital and spine surgeon should read this study.

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“Hyperactive” Spinal Cord Circuitry Harms Immune System // After Failed Conservative Measures, Hip Arthroscopy More Cost-Effective Than Rehabilitation // and More!

Immune System / Courtesy of Cincinnati Children's
Immune System / Courtesy of Cincinnati Children's

Those with high-level spinal cord injuries have immune system problems to worry about. A new cost effectiveness analysis helps the field by proving that hip arthroscopy is more cost-effective than rehabilitation. And a team from UCLA has upended prior thought, finding that cells surrounding neurons do NOT get in the way of cell regrowth after a spinal cord injury!

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New Study Validates Suspensory ACL Technique // Re-educating Shoulders With a Balloon! // And More!

Source: Wikimedia Commons and BruceBlaus
Source: Wikimedia Commons and BruceBlaus

Researchers from the University of Missouri home in on best grafting technique in ACL surgery. Rothman researchers are making headway with treating “irreparable” rotator cuff tears. And we examine an unusually patient-friendly website on hip preservation.

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