The Health Industry Group Purchasing Association asked the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee to table draft legislation circulated at a hearing last week on group purchasing organizations' business and ethics practices. In a letter to subcommittee Chairman Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), the trade group said the draft bill should be set aside so that GPOs and the subcommittee could continue a "productive dialogue" on non-legislative approaches to ensuring fair practices in the industry. Among other measures to tighten federal oversight of GPOs, the draft bill would limit GPOs' primary revenue source, administrative fees from manufacturers. A spokeswoman for DeWine said he is considering several options besides legislation. The Senate panel began investigating GPOs more than two years ago following complaints from some device manufacturers that GPO practices hindered products from reaching the marketplace. -- by Cinda Becker
GPO group asks Senate panel to table oversight bill
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