More Conflict of Interest Rules Planned

Good news for those concerned about physician conflicts of interest.

University of California-Davis May Curb Doctors' Drug-Company Freebies
Dorsey Griffith
(The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 3, 2006)
"Concerned that the goodies and other tactics by drug or medical device companies can drive medical decisions, the UC Davis Health System is considering strict limits on meals and on payments for doctors to attend meetings or participate in online medical education classes. If UC Davis ultimately adopts the policies, it will join an elite group of academic medical centers taking the same tack: Stanford and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania."

That should help reduce the perilous incentives that can entangle medical prescriptions. These sound like healthy rules, as opposed to the often strangely applied federal Stark and anti-kickback rules, which are layered with exceptions nesting inside exceptions (and often breeding there, with the help of creative lawyering).