Kickbacks Continue Among Spine Surgeons

March 29, 2013

This blog post is from and Dr. Tim Flynn, PT:


The Wall Street Journal reported on March 26th about a special fraud alert issued by the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department.  The alert focused on physician-owned distributorships or PODs.  These PODs are commercial entities run by doctors that have proliferated in the fields of orthopedic and spine surgery. In essence the surgeons own the distributorships which sell the devices to the hospitals or surgery centers and then they get a commission for the sales.

The Office of Inspector General said PODs produced “substantial fraud and abuse risk” and were unlikely to pass muster under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.   Read the rest by clicking here.



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