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Shark Tank Meets Spine Start Up VerteCore!

Courtesy of Paul Leake, co-founder of VerteCore Technologies

Paul Leake, one of the founders of VerteCore Technologies and co-inventor of the ‘Lift,’ recently pitched his novel new device to treat back pain in an open audition for ABC’s Emmy award winning Shark Tank reality show. Will Leake make it to the big dance? Here’s an inside look at how this young executive snagged a big-time audition.


ChoiceSpine’s Donation Program; Lowry Barnes, M.D. Now Carl L. Nelson Distinguished Chair; and Acetabular Surgery in the Developing World

Courtesy of Smoky Mountain Service Dogs

Veterans are set to benefit from ChoiceSpine’s generosity. Lowry Barnes, M.D. has become the Carl L. Nelson, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery at UAMS. And a survey of orthopedic surgeons in the developing world finds great needs in the realm of acetabular and pelvic surgery.

The Surprising Secret Behind Trumpcare’s CBO Score

Source: Wikimedia Commons, Congressional Budget Office, and Gnome

A new study in The New England Journal of Medicine offered a fascinating look under the hood of the recent CBO scoring of both the House and Senate versions of Trumpcare. It also reinforces the analysis that Trumpcare, if passed in its current form, would reduce demand for orthopedic services by nearly 1%, with spine services being the hardest hit.


Outrageous Allegations Rock Bronx-Lebanon Hospital

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Jim Henderson

Last week a disgruntled physician shot fellow doctors at Bronx-Lebanon hospital. Before this tragedy occurred, the 120-year-old urban healthcare provider had been hit with a seemingly unending series of major crisis. You think your hospital has problems? Be thankful you aren’t Bronx-Lebanon—the unluckiest hospital in the United States.

Zimmer Biomet Production Blues

Courtesy of Elite Signs

Zimmer exec Dave Dvorak has had a stellar record with mergers and integration. But the 2015 Biomet acquisition brought some big challenges. An internal quality audit and FDA inspection at the Biomet North Campus caused big production delays. Dvorak acted fast. Read what he told analysts about fixing the North Campus Blues.


Burnout Affects 40-60% of all Physicians

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Vassil

New studies are raising the alarm that physician burnout, emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a sense of reduced personal accomplishment, has reached epidemic levels. Treating it has SO many benefits, it’s unfathomable why every hospital and clinic doesn’t immediately address this issue.