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Rise in spinal fusion surgeries may be driven partly by financial incentives, study says

from The Washington Post

A government study of Medicare billings shows that financial incentives for doctors may be driving some of the rapid rise in spinal fusion surgery. The report, conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on the “proliferation” of companies that are owned by physicians and sell equipment for spinal fusions — screws, rods and plates. Such equipment costs more than $11,000 per spinal fusion, according to the report. more

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