Hospital Group Purchasing: Lowering Costs at the Expense of Patient Health and Medical Innovations? : Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Business Rights, and Competition of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session, April 30, 2002
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Antitrust, Business Rights, and Competition
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Page 68 - STATEMENT OF HON. ORRIN HATCH, A US SENATOR FROM THE STATE OF UTAH Thank you, Mr.
Page 23 - Shays and distinguished members of the subcommittee. It is a pleasure to be with you today to discuss the...
Page 120 - ... (ii) in the case of an entity that is a provider of services (as defined in section 1395x(u) of this title), the person discloses (in such form and manner as the Secretary requires) to the entity and, upon request, to the Secretary the amount received from each such vendor with respect to purchases made by or on behalf of...
Page 120 - ... the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of Postal Inspections.
Page 153 - These incentives don't align correctly with the original contemplated purpose of the exemption - which was to encourage the acquisition and use of the best medical products in the most cost-effective way. Instead, these incentives simply encourage GPOs to do as much business as possible with as few manufacturers as possible, thereby helping GPOs maximize their profits while minimizing their own administrative costs.
Page 115 - GPOs' prices were not always lower and were often higher than prices paid by hospitals negotiating with vendors directly.
Page 120 - Id. 203 Id. at 8. According to the GAO, the "Social Security Act, as amended in 1986 allows these fees, which would otherwise be considered "kickbacks" or other illegal payments to the GPO.