OIG’s strong language on physician-owned distributorships is clear message to investors

In a Special Fraud Alert released on March 26, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) stated in no uncertain terms that physician-owned entities that arrange for the sale of “implantable medical devices ordered by their physician-owners for use in procedures [that] the physician-owners perform on their own patients at hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers” are “inherently suspect under the anti-kickback statute.” According to the OIG alert, these PODs “produce substantial fraud and abuse risk and pose dangers to patient safety.” As such, a POD (Read more...)

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