Physician-owned distributors of implantable medical devices - PODs - have changed the health care landscape—creating new sets of legal and ethical risks.
- On October 5, Staff of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) gave a presentation to the commission recommending that dealings with physician-owned distributors of implantable medical devices (PODs) be prohibited under the Stark law. It appeared from the Commissioners’ reactions that the consensus of the meeting supports the recommendations. Next steps likely involve the incorporation of these recommendations into MedPAC’s next report to Congress.
- MedPAC Takes Anti-POD Stance in Report to Congress, Echoing an Increasingly Uniform Consensus
- Senate report discourages dealings with physicianowned distributorships
- POD Update: Physician Investor of Physician-Owned Distributor Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years in Prison
Our archived analyses and other related documents trace the history of the relevant government regulations and guidance.