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St. Francis Keeps Brakes On X Stop Launch Despite Add-On Payment Victory

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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St. Francis Medical is sticking to a controlled marketing approach for its first-in-class X Stop spinal system, even after receiving highly sought-after extra reimbursement from Medicare for the device implants

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