Partners' COI rules overreach

Some employees are raising concerns about conflict-of-interest rules implemented Jan. 1 at Partners Healthcare, owner of Harvard-affiliated hospitals Mass. General and Brigham and Women's.

While some applaud the revamp, the restrictions may be too broad and “could ultimately stifle” critical education, reports the Harvard Crimson.

Industry-sponsored talks, now banned, provide docs with the latest information. Surgical training fellowships may suffer.

“The pendulum is a little too far in one direction,” one professor said. Pharma stock options are forbidden, and outside pay for senior officials has been capped.
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