Monday, April 18, 2011

Oregon Medical Board Investigating Surgeon and Distributorship Relationship

The Oregon Medical Board is investigating neurosurgeon Dr. Vishal James Makker after his privileges were revoked by Providence Portland Medical Center at the end of March.

Medicare claims data showed that Makker was performing spinal surgeries at 10 times the national average rate. In 2006, Makker underwent training for performing unnecessary surgeries and billing for procedures not performed.

The Oregon Medical Board is also investigating Makker's relationship with Omega Solutions, a medical-device manufacturer that engaged in the practice of paying dividends to surgeons who used their products. Omega denies having any relationship with Makker where he was paid. It is also unclear whether or not the revocation of Makker's privileges is related to the investigation.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

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