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Source: Office of Inspectors General

OIG Lifts Gainsharing Restrictions?!

Gainsharing is back. A spine surgery practice allowed its surgeons to receive up to 50% of any cost savings from standardizing products and cutting BMP usage. The OIG looked at the details and blessed it. Devil is in the details—which are here.

Lawsuit Over Alleged “Debonding” Hits DePuy’s ATTUNE Knee

Attune Knee System / Courtesy of DePuySynthes

Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ortho business has been hit by lawsuits over two of its metal-on-metal hip systems. The company’s ATTUNE knee replacement system is at the heart of a new lawsuit after evidence of device failure due to the debonding of the tibial baseplate. Here’s a look at the legal arguments and possible market implications.

Amazon, Warren Buffet and JP Morgan in Healthcare. Why?

(L to R): Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos and Jaime Dimon / Courtesies of Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon, JP Morgan

Cutting the health insurer out of the middle took a big step forward this week when Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan announced a partnership to provide health care to their 1 million employees. By the way, it potentially saves them $500 million a year in insurance fees.