Hospitals boost spinal surgery when physicians stand to gain from device sales, OIG finds

By Joe Carlson

Hospitals tended to increase their spinal surgery cases when the orthopedic surgeons who performed the operations stood to profit from the sales of the surgical plates, rods and screws used in the procedures, HHS’ Office of the Inspector General concluded.

Senate Finance Committee members had asked OIG whether financial conflicts of interest inherent in physician-owned distributorships, or PODs, could drive overuse of spinal fusions and surgical decompressions.

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