AASD’S OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Response to the OIG

March 26, 2013

“The physician owned distribution model is an outstanding representation of effective physician/hospital alignment with proven ability to reduce healthcare costs. We recognized that this valuable model bears risk of abuse and have advocated for comprehensive legal and ethical standards through the American Association of Surgeon Distributors. We are very happy that the OIG is creating clarity in defining characteristics of such distributorships that violate the public trust and are also happy that this alert confirms the appropriateness of the model for which we have long advocated. We look forward to the OIG defining this model through compliance program guidance, such as exists for DME and Pharmacy, and are very comfortable that such guidance will further validate our model. This is a strong step forward and we appreciate the OIG’s efforts in this regard.”

– Dr. John Steinmann, DO Board Advisor, American Association of Surgeon Distributors

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