Interactions between health care professionals and industry representatives was a key topic at the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) meeting this week. As reported in BNA today (subscription required), the AMA HOD supported a resolution on June 9th that seeks greater consistency among conflicts of interest policies adopted by hospitals based on current AMA policies and ethical opinions. The AMA HOD adopted this resolution in response to Report 27, which “recommends that the AMA encourage hospitals to craft policies concerning the relationships and interactions between hospital personnel and industry representatives within the hospital setting. Hospital policies should conform to AMA policies and opinions and be developed by an interdisciplinary group, including medical staff, hospital administrators, and other stakeholders.”

Conflicts of interest is a hot topic as industry and health care professionals prepare for the first release of data under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act later this year. Recommendations regarding interactions with industry policies also have been advanced by other health care professional organizations, such as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Additionally, government agencies have adopted conflicts of interest policies related to interactions with industry, such as the Veterans Administration (VA) and National Institute of Health (NIH).