States Wising Up to the Corruption

February 10, 2011

In Maryland, the state appeals court held its ground affirming a 2007 decision by a lower court prohibiting physician self-referral of patients for radiation therapy, MRIs and CT scans.

The latest ruling is viewed by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and others as preserving strong patient protection against abusive physician self-referrals.

“Today’s ruling represents a victory for patients in Maryland. We hope this decision will jump start congressional action to ensure that all Americans can make independent treatment decisions based on quality care, not perverse financial incentives,” ASTRO CEO Laura I. Thevenot stated in a Jan. 25 press release.

You can read all of the details here:

It’s clear.  The states are catching on – this behavior has to stop.  We can’t afford kickbacks to the orthopedic doctors regardless of the good they do in the operating room.

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