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Summary of OIG Overview on PODs

The U.S. Office of Inspector General of the Dept. of Health and Human Services' overview of prevalence and use of physician owned distributors (PODs) of spinal devices does not make specific recommendations for action, but notes that in FY11, PODs supplied devices used in ~1 in 5 spinal fusions billed to Medicare. In FY12, surgeons performed more spinal surgeries at sampled hospitals that purchased from PODs than at those that did not purchase from PODs.

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