Hospitals join feds in crackdown on physician-owned distributorships

Hospital operator OhioHealth is going to bar contracts with physician-owned distributorships by the fall, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Physician-owned distributorships create a conflict of interest because they often supply devices for the surgeries performed by the physicians who own and invest in them. They are most prevalent in the orthopedics industry. The feds began cracking down on the businesses in 2013, when 6 of 37 spinal surgeries sampled in Ohio involved implants obtained from such distributorships. More

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