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California Gift Ban Bill to be Heard Tomorrow

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On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, California Senate Bill 790 will be heard in the Assembly Committee on Health, with limited testimony allowed per side. We have previously written about the bill, noting that the bill passed the California Senate back in May 2017. The bill, if passed as written, would prohibit a manufacturer of a prescribed product from offering or giving a gift to a health care provider. The bill would further prohibit a manufacturer of a prescribed product or an entity on behalf of a manufacturer of a prescribed product from providing a fee, payment, subsidy, or other economic …

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JAMA | Conflict of Interest: Why Does It Matter?

While endeavoring to protect the interests and well-being of their patients and maintain professional competence, physicians may develop secondary interests such as the competition for patients and trainees, extramural research funding, and high-profile publications. Financial and other rewards of medical practice can create conflicts of interest. This issue of JAMA features 23 Viewpoint articles on conflict of interest for physicians in settings such as academic medicine, biomedical research, medical education, guideline development, health care management, and medical publishing. Two Editorials discuss the pervasive opportunities for conflict of interest in health care and medical journalism. In This Issue of JAMA Highlights …

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California Measure Aims To Limit Drugmakers’ Influence On Doctors

State Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), who authored the bill, said that when drugmakers woo physicians with meals and other enticements they generate brand loyalty, which can raise health care costs and even compromise patient safety. McGuire’s bill would limit drug company payments to health care providers — including cash and gifts of food, travel or entertainment — mostly to educational and scientific purposes, such as seminars. To read the article by Pauline Bartolone, Kaiser Health News LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST Senate Bill 790, as amended, McGuire. Health care providers: gifts and benefits. The Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law, administered by …

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Medicare advisers consider tighter rules on doctor-owned medical distributors

Regulators are mulling tightened oversight over physician-owned distributors of medical products, on fears that conflicts of interest could lead to fraud. Some hospitals have set up barriers to avoid anti-kickback entanglements with device distributors, and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is looking at more specific requirements in congressional recommendations. Some commissioners argue these types of physician-owned distributors of medical products should be outlawed. At issue are distributors making money by selling devices ordered by their doctor owners for surgical use on their own patients. Physician-owned distributors, or PODs, operate as middlemen, buying a device from manufacturers and selling the …

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Will Open Payments be a casualty of the ACA repeal?

Right now, when doctors accept money or gifts from drug companies and devicemakers, that information is published on Open Payments, an online database created under the Affordable Care Act. The program has increased transparency in an era of murky conflicts of interest and has helped link physicians’ prescribing habits to their industry connections. But as Republican lawmakers rush toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, some observers fear the section of the law that created the Open Payments program will face the chopping block. To read the article by Elizabeth Whitman

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We’ve Updated Dollars for Docs. Here’s What’s New.

Today we’ve updated our Dollars for Docs interactive database, adding an additional year of data and some new features that make it easier to see how much money your physician receives from pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Dollars for Docs now includes payments made from August 2013 through December 2015. Two full years of the data gives us the chance to compare year over year. Although spending by companies stayed constant, the numbers are nevertheless huge. Companies made about $2 billion in general payments to 618,000 physicians each year, in addition to another $600 million a year to teaching hospitals. …

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