And for doing so in the heart of Medtronic country, as the Strib reminds readers:
The state is home to Medtronic Inc., the world’s largest maker of devices used in spine surgery, as well as Abbott Northwestern Hospital, which performs more spine fusion surgeries on Medicare patients than any other hospital in the country, according to the industry publication Orthopedic Network News.
We applaud the newspaper for pursuing this story, one that was recommended to them months ago by me and other members of the Minnesota Shared Decision Making Collaborative, including Dr. Craig Christianson, who is quoted in the piece. It’s part of an occasional Star Tribune series, “Too much medicine? When less is more in health care.”