Study compares autograft, demineralized bone matrix
Patients who underwent posterolateral lumbar fusion had comparable outcomes whether they received autograft bone or demineralized bone matrix, according to findings presented at the Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium. Demineralized bone sponge was associated with a fusion rate of 94.26% among 122 patients. Autografts are the gold standard for the procedure, but supplies can be limited, said presenter Dr. Victor Yoon of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Healio (free registration)/Spine Surgery Today
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Technique turns stem cells into bone cells
An animal study in the journal Stem Cells found that the introduction of cytochalasin D induced stem cells to develop as osteoblasts. Researchers with the University of North Carolina injected cytochalasin D-treated stem cells into mouse models and found increased bone growth. United Press International
FDA clears bone graft substitute from Prosidyan
The FIBERGRAFT BG Morsels, a synthetic bone graft substitute from Warren, N.J.-based Prosidyan, obtained 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The product, which is designed for placement in the skeletal system's bony voids, is developed for use with autogenous bone marrow aspirate during postero-lateral spine fusion. BeckersSpine.com
Congress weighs ACA device, excise taxes in spending bills
The federal government faces a shutdown Dec. 11 unless Congress passes a continuing resolution or an omnibus spending bill that President Barack Obama will sign. A House bill revokes funding for the Affordable Care Act and defunds both the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, but it is likely to run into opposition. Efforts to repeal the ACA's device tax could be tied to a repeal of the law's excise tax on certain health insurance plans, says Ellie Dehoney, vice president of policy at Research America. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model)
Government finalizes interim ACA rules
After five years of interim rules governing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, along with repeated modifications through guidance and clarification documents, HHS and the Labor and Treasury departments have finalized the regulations. The final rules cement existing policy related to coverage of adult children up to age 26, pre-existing conditions and other central tenets of the ACA. Health Affairs Blog
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