U.S. attorneys are examining device makers’ questionable sales and marketing practices, including travel junkets, entertainment, research grants and, perhaps most worrisome, consulting contracts with orthopedic surgeons amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
To date, those investigations have been largely limited to device makers and doctors. But hospitals may not be immune forever, and they are either considering or totally revamping conflict-of-interest rules to stay out of trouble.
Sadly this appears to be norm rather than the exception in the medical business. Guess who pays?