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Jan. 23, 2018

Towards Patient-Centered Conflicts of Interest Policy

Region: Americas Scientific publication Strengthening governance and accountability, Coordinating services within and across sectors, Creating an enabling environment Source: International Journal of Health Policy and Management

Financial conflicts of interest exist between industry and physicians, and these relationships have the power to incluence physicians´medical practice. Transparency about conflicts matters for ensuring adequate informed consent, controlling healthcare expenditure, and encouraging physicians´reflection on professionalism. The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Open Payments Program (OPP) to publicly disclose and bring transparency to the relationships between industry and physicians in the United States. These changes considerably improve transparency and the utility of available data, and caan furthermore enhance professionalism and accountability by encouraging physicians to reflect more actively on their own practices.