Friday, December 31, 2010

The Medtronic spinal fusion scam

From 2004 to 2008, the third-largest performer of spinal fusions on Medicare patients in the United States was Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.  Norton Hospital also happens to employ five highly paid consultants to Medtronic, the leading manufacturer of the hardware used for spinal fusion.  In just the first nine months of this year, Medtronic paid the five surgeon over $7 million.   Another medical scam?  Perhaps, especially when you consider that spinal fusion is a highly controversial procedure when it is performed on patients with degenerative disk disease.  But the Wall Street Journal, which investigated Norton Hospital, is barred from revealing how many of the fusions were performed on such patients.  Read about it here.

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