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PODs: Proceed with Extreme Caution

By Edward J. Buthusiem, Cheray Lynch Sieminski, Vahan Minassian

U.S. legislators and enforcement agencies have grown increasingly concerned with physician-owned distributors (PODs) and their relationship with hospitals and other providers. Because physicians may refer patients to hospitals—and use specific products in connection with such referrals—the government asserts that PODs have the potential to unduly influence physician decision making, encourage overutilization of certain products and services, create unfair competition and otherwise increase unnecessary healthcare spending by Federal programs.

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