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POD Lawyer to Feds: “Show Us the Evidence”

Source:  Patric Hooper – Hooper, Lundy and Bookman, P.C.
Source: Patric Hooper – Hooper, Lundy and Bookman, P.C.

The legal battle over PODs is getting heated. The lawyers are starting to threaten sanctions and lecturing each other over ethics. Pat Hooper, the lawyer for the defense is demanding to see the evidence. We obtained the latest exchange between the combatants. No anonymous leaks, just a very public battle.

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POD Defender Puts DOJ on Ropes

Source: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Matthew Bookwalter and Wikimedia Commons
Source: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Matthew Bookwalter and Wikimedia Commons

The government’s healthcare cop, the DOJ, says Reliance Medical violated the Anti-Kickback Statue of the False Claims Act. Rubbish, says Reliance’s lawyer, Pat Hooper who beat the DOJ the last time they went after physician owned entities. He says the government’s just coming back for a second bite of the apple. Read how he is defending his clients and PODs.

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Harvard Developing Pants With “Muscles” That Walk! // One Hip Surgery Saves $160,000 in Future Medical Costs! // and More!

Soft Exosuit / Source: Harvard Biodesign Lab
Soft Exosuit / Source: Harvard Biodesign Lab

Harvard’s Wyss researcher details their remarkable Soft Exosuit invention. John Tongue, M.D. documents the lifetime societal cost savings of hip fracture surgery. And a spine fellow in the NYU Langone laboratory discusses his discovery of the Global Sagittal Angle, which “unmasks” the link between spinal and lower limb alignment.

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Dunbar, Cameron Debate Modular Necks

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“No modular necks for routine primary hip arthroplasty!” argues Michael Dunbar. “We have no proof of superiority and there is an increased risk of fracture and fretting, ion debris, etc.” Hugh Cameron counters, “Look, I’ve done more than 350 cases with no incidents of delayed metal hypersensitivity and no pseudotumors.”

First PODS Prosecuted

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

The government has fired the first legal shot against physician-owned distributors (PODs) by filing a False Claim lawsuit against Reliance Medical, two PODs and Aria Sabit, M.D., an investor in the PODs. The suit says the group sailed outside Safe-Harbor waters and therefore filed false Medicare claims. The government wants its money back.

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Spike in Tommy John Surgeries “Alarming” // Orthopedics Tops of all Specialties for Volunteerism // and More!

Source:  Wikimedia Commons and Flickr/Json
Source: Wikimedia Commons and Flickr/Json

Neal ElAttrache, M.D. explains recent surge in the number of Tommy John surgeries. ABOS executive director shines bright light on certification exam process. Sixteen volunteer projects with 110 orthopedists make Ortho #1 in Volunteerism.