This was successfully posted to your pofile.
This box will close automatically in a few seconds. Close this window
We don't have an e-mail address on file for you. To use AAFP Connection, you must have an e-mail address in our records. Click Here
Council of Medical Specialty Societies Issues Voluntary Code
AAFP Board Affirms, Adopts Code to Regulate Business Interactions
By News Staff
AAFP representatives to the council -- at the behest of the Academy's Board of Directors -- voted to affirm CMSS' yearlong effort, making the Academy one of 14 CMSS member organizations to initially sign on to the code.
The Chicago-based CMSS represents 32 medical specialty societies and provides a forum for member discussion on issues of national interest and mutual concern.
In an April 21 press release, CMSS EVP and CEO Norman Kahn, M.D., said the private sector plays a role in developing new treatments and medical advances. "Medical societies collaborate with industry in many ways that benefit medical practice," said Kahn. "We developed this code to ensure that those relationships are appropriate and to ensure public confidence in our objectivity and commitment to high-quality care."
The code incorporates core principles, including the assertion that any collaboration with a for-profit company in the health care sector should advance medical care for the benefit of patients. It also offers detailed guidance on implementation. Key areas covered include
- conflicts of interest,
- financial disclosure and
- independent program development.
Daniel Ostergaard, M.D., the AAFP's vice president for professional activities and a representative to CMSS, called the AAFP's decision to embrace the code another example of Academy's commitment to voluntary self-regulation of its relationships with private industry.
"The Academy has a long history of adherence to the highest ethical standards," said Ostergaard. He praised the high level of detail provided in the document, saying it would provide a road map for the Academy as it continues to pursue honest and open collaborations with private-sector companies.
AAFP Policy on Proprietary Practices
Council of Medical Specialty Societies, or CMSS, Code for Interactions with Companies (28-page PDF; About PDFs)