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Three orthopedics trends to watch in 2015

By Cynthia Tassopoulos May 7, 2015

A few weeks ago, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) concluded its annual 2015 conference, a meeting that brought together the top minds in orthopedics. Below, the Service Line Strategy Advisor team reviews the three key themes from this year’s conference to bring a little bit of AAOS back to you and your institution.

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It's all in the hips: FDA approves MAKO robot for total hip replacement

By Cynthia Tassopoulos April 27, 2015

At this year’s AAOS conference, news broke that Stryker received FDA clearance for new enhancements for the total hip arthroplasty application of its MAKO Rio surgical robot. Stryker, which acquired MAKO in December 2013, touts that the application improves upon manual acetabular cup placement by using a detailed pre-surgical planning process with the patient’s CT scan to improve implant alignment and placement.

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AAOS 2015: Preparing your orthopedic program for value-based care

By Cynthia Tassopoulos March 27, 2015

For the past two days, Service Line Strategy Advisor has navigated the rather crowded halls of this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Conference. Across the various meetings, one message rings loud: there is an increasing need to achieve and demonstrate value in orthopedics.

The transition from a fee-for-service model towards value-based care increasingly ties financial reimbursement to a physician’s performance. As a result, physicians are calling on their colleagues to play a greater role in value-based care by employing evidence-based practices and tracking quality outcomes.

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NASS 2014: The 3 things you need to know about spine care

by Emily Brown and Stephanie Spehar November 24, 2014

The North American Spine Society (NASS) wrapped up its 28th annual meeting in San Francisco last week. The Service Line Strategy Advisor team attended a wide variety of sessions on topics spanning online strategy for spine programs to the ongoing BMP debate.

However, there were a few consistent themes that came up in sessions throughout the week, highlighting the areas where spine programs should be focusing their attention in the coming years.

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NASS 2014: Multidisciplinary spine care is easier said than done

by Stephanie Spehar November 17, 2014

The spine community is increasingly recognizing the importance of a collaborative approach to care—improved efficiency, quality care, and patient satisfaction. In an interactive symposium on Friday, eight providers from across the back pain care episode—a chiropractor, physical therapist, physiatrist, psychologist, neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, complex spine neurosurgeon, and insurance company representative—came together to discuss interprofessional referrals and care coordination.

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NASS 2014: Is BMP poised for a comeback?

by Emily Brown November 17, 2014

Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) has gotten a lot of negative attention in recent years, following government investigations and several reviews bringing the product’s safety and efficacy into question.

However, panelists at a NASS session on Friday had a slightly different take on the future of BMP.

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NASS 2014: How important is your online strategy for growth?

by Emily Brown and Stephanie Spehar November 14, 2014

The second day of the North American Spine Society (NASS) 2014 annual meeting covered a broad range of topics from non-operative therapies to adoption outlook for robotics. One session that stood out to us addressed a top priority for many of our members: Developing online strategies for growing a spine business.

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NASS 2014: Preparing your spine program for accountable care

by Emily Brown and Stephanie Spehar November 13, 2014

The Service Line Strategy Advisor team is in San Francisco this week covering the 29th annual North American Spine Society (NASS) meeting. The conference brings together spine professionals from across disciplines to discuss innovative treatments, share best practices, and debate controversial topics in spine care.

The sessions are underway and there’s one resounding theme we’ve heard so far: Accountable care initiatives are here to stay and spine providers must prepare for these future changes.

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