Medical School Association Suggests Clinical Conflict-Of-Interest Policies – Kaiser Health News

Medical School Association Suggests Clinical Conflict-Of-Interest Policies – Kaiser Health News.

The Association of American Medical Colleges has asked academic medical institutions to adopt conflict-of-interest policies for clinical care similar to those they apply to medical research, Modern Healthcare reports.  One example of the policies suggested is that medical schools acknowledge “that capitated reimbursement, fee-for-service and pay-for-performance systems may each exert financial influence over doctors’ treatment decisions” (Rhea, 6/30).

The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog offers another example: “Say you go to a big teaching hospital because you want the best surgeon possible to perform your knee replacement surgery … he should be telling you that he invented the artificial knee he’ll be using and will therefore receive royalties for it.” Institutions should also disclose financial relationships between drug and device makers that might bias clinical decisions (Hobson, 6/30).

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