In response to a Special Fraud Alert on PODs -- or physician-owned, revenue-producing distributorships -- issued by the Office of the Inspector General in March, the O&P Alliance has submitted a letter to the HHS inspector general. The alliance suggested that physician-owned orthotics and prosthetics labs should receive the same scrutiny as PODs that sell implantable medical devices, the focus of the alert. The O&P PODs "open the door to overutilization, potential suspect medical judgment, unfair competition, and increased costs," the alliance wrote in its letter.

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