Physician owned distributorships (PODs) that wish to become AASD members must always undergo a rigorous application process and extensive review to ensure they are operating in a highly ethical and compliant manner. Now AASD is helping patients, hospitals, and others in the health care field easily distinguish our distributorships by branding those that have met our AASD rigorous quality standards with the ePOD designation.
The AASD Standards that members must meet to receive the ePOD designation serve to protect patients, hospitals and society. To establish the standards and policies, the AASD Board consulted surgeons, hospitals and implant companies, reviewed published commentaries from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG), among others. The Board also consulted with some of the most experienced legal resources in the United States. ePODs must do more than maintain legally compliant business structures. The AASD helps to ensure that all ePODs go beyond simple compliance; they must also prove to be the lowest average cost vendor, cap annual price increases, submit utilization data for audit, and much more. In addition, members are required to renew their membership and certification annually. AASD is the only organization that can provide ePOD certification. To become a member and certified ePOD, applicants must demonstrate they are meeting AASD’s standards and policies.