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Orthopaedic Pediatric Market Draws New Companies, Products

by Carolyn LaWell | May 2017

The orthopaedic pediatric space has gained a focused interest from companies large and small. Exhibit hall activity at the North American and European pediatric societies’ joint meeting in early May reaffirmed companies’ market strategies. ... Read more »

Aesculap Launches Warranty for Plasmapore XP Devices

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Apr 2017

Aesculap Implant Systems established a warranty program for Plasmapore®XP-coated spinal interbody fusion devices. ... Read more »

AAOS President Highlights Surgeon Challenges, Technology Advancements

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Feb 2017

As industry and surgeons descend on San Diego for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting, we asked the AAOS President to offer perspective on the prominent surgeon challenges and technology advancements in the coming years. ... Read more »

Zimmer Biomet Expands Arthroscopy/Soft Tissue Product Portfolio

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Feb 2017

Zimmer Biomet's arthroscopy/soft tissue segment was one of its top performing markets in 2016 and is expected to be a growth-drive for the company in the year ahead. ... Read more »

RSNA Launches a 3D Printing Special Interest Group

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Dec 2016

Interesting news from your peers: The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has launched a 3D Printing Special Interest Group (SIG) to promote the highest-quality 3D printing applicable to medicine via education, research and collaboration. ... Read more »

Stryker Inks India Investments with IUIH Collaboration

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Nov 2016

Stryker has announced R&D and medical education investments in India through a 20-year collaboration with Indo UK Institute of Health’s (IUIH) Medcity Program. ... Read more »

Wright’s Dedication to Extremities Strategies Prompts Questions of What’s Next

by Carolyn LaWell | Sep 2016

Wright Medical’s divestiture of its large joint portfolio to Corin Orthopaedics officially turns Wright into the extremities company that it set out to become years ago, and leads to the question: What’s next in their M&A strategy? ... Read more »

FDA Revisits Metal-on-Metal Hips

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Mar 2016

FDA issued a final order requiring device companies to submit PMAs for certain metal-on-metal total hip devices. Concerns regarding MoMs relate to the potential for wear and corrosion, and risk of metal entering the bloodstream. ... Read more »

Congress Passes Two-Year Suspension on Medical Device Tax

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Jan 2016

The 2.3 percent tax on medical device sales will be suspended in 2016 and 2017, following the $1.8 trillion spending and tax bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama last month. ... Read more »

Stakeholders Seek to Delay Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Oct 2015

AAOS has asked for a 1-year delay of the rule to allow for testing and validated studies to bear out the model’s ability to, in fact, reduce costs and improve patient outcomes before participation becomes required, as opposed to voluntary. ... Read more »

OIG Continues to Monitor Spine PODs

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Sep 2015

The U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report that reiterates its stance that there is limited transparency regarding ownership information of physician-owned distributors (PODs) linked to physician-owned hospitals.  ... Read more »

Senate Legislation Exempts ASC Procedures from Meaningful Use

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Aug 2015

The Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015 would exclude ASC services from being counted toward the 50 percent meaningful use eligibility threshold until certified EHR technology applicable to the ASC setting is available.  ... Read more »

CMS Announces Flexibility, Resources to Assist with ICD-10 Implementation

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Aug 2015

In preparation for the October 1, 2015 deadline for ICD-10 implementation, CMS announced a transition period to allow flexibility and time for physicians to continue learning about the new codes. ... Read more »

Wright Medical Update on Augment Bone Graft FDA Approval

by Julie Vetalice | Aug 2015

Though FDA approval of the Augment Bone Graft product has faced another delay, Wright Medical continues to expect the PMA within 2015. ... Read more »

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare in 6-3 Decision

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Jul 2015

The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote that Americans who buy insurance on the Federal exchange can continue to receive taxpayer subsidies. ... Read more »

Zimmer Completes Biomet Acquisition, Solidifies Leadership in Knee and Hip Space

by Carolyn LaWell | Jun 2015

The newly merged Zimmer Biomet is estimated to hold 35 percent of the joint reconstruction market revenue and 17 percent of the total orthopaeidc market. ... Read more »

AMA Calls for ICD-10 Grace Period

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Jun 2015

The American Medical Association (AMA) has called for a two-year grace period on ICD-10 implementation that would allow physicians to not be penalized for billing errors, mistakes and system malfunctions. ... Read more »

NASS Backs SI Joint Fusion with New Coverage Recommendation

by Carolyn LaWell | Jun 2015

An increase in SI joint fusion utilization and successful outcomes has led to a formal recommendation for coverage and a new CPT code. ... Read more »

Medicare Concerns Remain After SGR Repeal

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Apr 2015

Though Congress recently voted to repeal Medicare’s problematic physician payment formula, issues regarding reimbursement remain. ... Read more »

Amedica Releases Results from CASCADE Clinical Trial: SiNi vs. PEEK

by ORTHOPRENEUR | Apr 2015

Interim results from the CASCADE clinical trial indicate that silicon nitride composite interbody spinal devices alone, without bone graft or synthetic bone void filler, achieved similar fusion rates and clinical scores as patients implanted with traditional spacers using autograft. ... Read more »

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