Physician Practice

OIG reports on overlap between physician-owned hospitals and physician-owned distributors

Physician Practice Insider, August 25, 2015

On August 14, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a report that follows up on its October 2013 report Spinal Devices Supplied by Physician Owned Distributors: Overview of Prevalence and Use (OEI-01-11-00660), which found that physician-owned distributors (POD) supplied the devices used in nearly one in five spinal fusion surgeries billed to Medicare. When OIG met with CMS in September 2013 to discuss a draft of the report, agency staff expressed interest in the overlap between owners of physician-owned hospitals and PODs of spinal devices.

View the report.

This article originally appeared in Medicare Insider.

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