Senators Warn Of Possible Kickbacks Behind Back Surgeries

Law360, New York (October 24, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT) -- U.S. senators on Thursday urged hospitals to scrutinize whether their doctors are performing unnecessary back operations, spotlighting a new inspector general’s report that warned of possible kickback activity after finding higher rates of surgery when physicians have an ownership stake in spinal device distributors.

The bipartisan statement from three high-ranking lawmakers came in response to an audit finding that the rate of surgery climbed three times as fast at hospitals that started buying from physician-owned distributors when compared to all hospitals.

Specifically, in the sixth month...
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