Senate asks OIG to probe physician-owned distributors

Yesterday, five U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) requesting that the OIG investigate the legality of physician-owned implant distributors (PODs), entities that allow physicians to profit from the sale of surgical implants used on their patients. A companion letter to CMS asked that the agency be certain not to inadvertently provide protection for PODs when drafting the ownership disclosure requirements under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The letter was accompanied by a report from the Senate Finance Committee describing the recent proliferation of PODs. Both documents were described in a Wall Street Journal article published yesterday.

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