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Should Doctors Profit From Selling Medical Devices They End Up Using?

Publisher: Bloomberg BNA's Health Care Blog
May 12, 2016

Eric Fader was quoted in an article, "Should Doctors Profit From Selling Medical Devices They End Up Using?," in Bloomberg BNA's Health Care Blog. In the article, Fader discusses the findings of a recent Senate Finance Committee report that said spinal surgeons participating in physician-owned distributorships (PODs) saw more patients and performed more surgeries than non-POD surgeons. Fader said it would be difficult to prove cause and effect when it comes to POD arrangements. For example, he said, while it may be easy to generalize that physicians with ownership stakes in PODs are more likely to perform spinal surgeries, it should also be considered that physicians who do a lot of spinal surgeries are more likely to be approached to invest in a POD. "My feeling is spinal surgeons are among the highest-paid medical practitioners," Fader said. "It would be extremely foolish for someone earning that much money to assume any legal risk, however small, for a relatively small return from his POD investment."


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