Senator Chuck "aka Chuckie's in Love" Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking medical organizations for info about payments received from medical device companies. Included in the 33 Groups is the North American Spine Society. Grassley's feelings are that these organizations have influence over public policy and people rely on their leadership. NASS is in the process of drafting a response. This is due diligence that is being performed on behalf of the passage of The Physician Payments Sunshine Act that is being sponsored by Grassley and Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin). This act would require public reporting by the device industry as well as pharma and biologic manufacturers payments made to physicians.
You know what Bill Withers use to sing: " He ought to leave this damn thing alone, ......Ain't no sunshine when you're gone." I guess the party is slowly but surely coming to an end. Who would ever thunk it that a Republican was a socialist?