Second Look—Advocacy

If you missed these Headline News Now items the first time around, AAOS Now gives you a second chance to review them. Headline News Now—the AAOS thrice-weekly, online update of news of interest to orthopaedic surgeons—brings you the latest on clinical, socioeconomic, and political issues, as well as important announcements from AAOS.

Physicians under increasing scrutiny
Regulators are increasing their efforts to identify and prosecute physicians who accept kickbacks from commercial companies. Settlements with companies accused of issuing kickbacks now stipulate that the firms work with the government to prosecute physicians who sought payment, according to Lewis Morris, general counsel to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector general, who spoke at the Physician-Legal Issues Conference in Chicago on June 16.

Senators probe device maker, researcher ties
Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) have written to Medtronic requesting that the device maker provide documents and data relating to any adverse postoperative events or complications associated with the use of the bone-generation product Infuse, including information regarding surgeons paid as consultants. The company was asked to produce payment records and internal correspondence with physicians who have published research related to the product.

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