Department of Justice Picks Up the Knife
Today's NYT has an interesting article about the DOJ's current move toward increased civil and criminal prosecution against physicians--mostly surgeons--who ask for kickbacks from device companies for using their products.
But what is a kickback? And how does one distinguish between what companies and docs might call consultancy arrangements and the DOJ calls criminal behavior? Is it a question of proving purely self-aggrandizing intent--having, in essence, recordings of docs making sweet deals for themselves? And at what point does this become criminal behavior rather than a violation of professional ethics?
Curious minds really do want to know.