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Docs Owning Device Companies Have Conflict of Interest: Senate Panel

Publisher: Bloomberg BNA's Health Care Daily Report
May 11, 2016

Eric Fader was quoted in an article, "Docs Owning Device Companies Have Conflict of Interest: Senate Panel," in Bloomberg BNA's Health Care Daily Report. Fader commented on a Senate Finance Committee report released May 10 that said spinal surgeons participating in physician-owned distributorships (PODs) saw more patients and performed more surgeries than non-POD surgeons. The federal government has put pressure on PODs for the past several years, and reports have questioned whether POD participants were acting on inappropriate financial incentives when treating patients. Fader said while there was not much new information in the latest report, he welcomed increased attention and commentary on the subject because "it's a difficult area in which to advise law-abiding clients on how to structure arrangements in order to comply with the law and protect themselves." He predicted that there would be "continued focus on perceived abuses, probably on the state level as well as by the federal government."

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