Senators Urge OIG to Review PODs

Physician-owned distributorships have come under the scrutiny of the Senate Finance Committee and prompted a bipartisan group of senators to urge the Office of Inspector General to determine "how these arrangements square with federal law."

1 comments on "Senators Urge OIG to Review PODs"
Barry Portugal (6/13/2011 at 10:18 AM)

POD's are just the tip of the iceberg. Many gastroenterologists, urologists, and dermatologists have organized histology specimen processing laboratories in their offices with the only goal of generating additional cash flow. A recent ACLA study found that the number of specimens per biopsy ordered in physician office settings are much higher than when ordered in a hospital outpatient setting. The OIG should recommend that the Stark "in-office exemption" be eliminated so patients and their insurance companies can stop paying for exorbitant biopsy fees when performed in physician office settings.


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