If you have ever had a physical when all is well, it can be an exhilarating experience. Unfortunately, being probed can be a real pain, especially when you are on the receiving end. Surgeons involved in POD's are about to get a check up from the U.S.Senate Committee on Finance led by no other than Senator Orrin Hatch, (R-Utah).
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For those of you that haven't read today's Wall Street Journal, sleuth reporter John Carreyrou reported that the Senate Finance Committee will launch an investigation into the legality of Physician Owned Distributorships. As per the article, it is estimated that POD's exist in at least 20 states with as many as 40 in the state of California. Rumor has it that the East Bay of San Francisco is ground zero, the breeding ground for POD's.
It will be interesting to hear our readers reactions,as the potential for a legal battle ensues. On one side you have Hooper & Lundy, a California bases law firm that has provided legal guidance for POD's, on the other side, the people, hopefully properly represented by the Senate Finance Committee that intends on shedding some light on this issue. Will this pit industry insiders against one another? Will Dr.Steinmann and his band of renown make a guest appearance on the Hill? How soon before this escalates into a free for all, as cynics of the government frown upon one group of corrupt officials setting out to investigate another group, whom claim that their intentions are sincere and that they are doing this to save the hospital money. Regardless of whom you side with, pull up a chair, grab some popcorn, and fasten your seat belts because the shows about to start.