Physician-owned distributors of implantable medical devices  - PODs - have changed the health care landscape—creating new sets of legal and ethical risks. 
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Physician-Owned Distributors


  • In its June 2018 Report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) included a section on physician-owned distributors of medical devices (PODs). The section concludes with a recommendation that Congress “limit the use of PODs because they encourage physicians to use more and more-expensive devices without providing countervailing benefits.” MedPAC’s suggestion is that this be handled with changes to the Stark law.

Governmental Statements

Our archived analyses and other related documents trace the history of the relevant government regulations and guidance.
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