As the AANS comes to a close, it's highly unlikely that the Academy of Neurosurgeons will be celebrating a Rocky Mountain High in Colorado. With one day left, another black eye has been cast upon the spine industry as the Wall Street Journal continues to pull back the skin on the onion when it comes to Dr. Makker and his potential involvement with Omega Solutions. Could this investigation be the body blow that finally initiates a federal investigation into POD's? One has to wonder, how much more will be exposed regarding additional backdoor machinations that exist in this industry? For starters, we haven't even started investigating workers' comp schemes that involve distributors' and workers' comp attorneys. How many of these attorneys are in bed with surgeons, whereas they drive up the cost of patient care with the intent of increasing the settlement, and then reap the profits? And what does it say about the supposed esteemed field of law? Attorneys will tell you what you want to hear, especially when you are paying them $275-$450 an hour? For those of you unaware of what goes on in workers' comp, this does not receive anywhere near the attention that POD's receive. Like TSB says, this could be the tip of the iceberg.
After reviewing page 2 of the Omega marketing document one has to wonder, what in God's name were these people thinking of? If the language in this document isn't an inducement, what is? If this isn't motive, what is? If this isn't looking to create an incentive for a prospective surgeon, what is? "Our Medical Buying group opportunity has been in existence for over 25 years and has attracted the attention of many surgeons due to its generous dividend return of 25%" Looks like Hooper, Bookman and Lundy are going to have to do a bit of explaining to their clients regarding their contributions to advance the field of healthcare and changing the shape of healthcare in the state of California and surrounding states. What's even funnier is that Omega provides an example of the potential income a surgeon can generate if one buys into the program.