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Most docs break bread with pharma

MANAGED CARE May 2007. © MediMedia USA
Compensation Monitor

Most docs break bread with pharma

MANAGED CARE May 2007. ©MediMedia USA













Ninety-four percent of physicians have some type of relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, and most of these relationships involve receiving food in the workplace (83 percent) or drug samples (78 percent), according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. More than one third of the respondents (35 percent) receive reimbursement for costs associated with professional meetings or continuing medical education, and more than one quarter (28 percent) receive payments for consulting, lecturing, or enrolling patients in clinical trials.

Of the six specialists surveyed (anesthesiologists, cardiologists, family practitioners, general surgeons, internists, and pediatricians), cardiologists are more than twice as likely as family practitioners to receive payments. But family physicians meet more frequently with industry representatives than do other specialists.

Physicians in solo, duo, or larger practices are significantly more likely to have relationships with industry than are physicians in hospitals or clinics that may have policies that restrict physician–industry relationships. In addition, small practices may have more freedom in their prescribing choices than physicians in hospitals and clinics, which usually follow a formulary.

Finally, hospitals and clinics may offer medical information through grand rounds or CME events, making physicians feel less dependent on industry representatives as a source of medical information.

No such thing as a free lunch?

In a national survey, 3,167 physicians in six specialties were asked "Which of the following have you received in the last year from drug, device, or other medically-related companies?"

Chart by Julie Ridge

Meetings

2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014
6th Semi-Annual Diagnostic Coverage and Reimbursement Conference Boston December 4–5, 2014
Customer Analytics & Engagement in Health Insurance Chicago December 4–5, 2014
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Clinical Quality Assurance Conference Alexandria, VA December 4–5, 2014
9th Semi-Annual Medical Device Coverage and Reimbursement Conference San Diego December 5, 2014
8th Annual Medical Device Clinical Trials Conference Chicago December 8–9, 2014
HealthIMPACT Southeast Tampa, FL January 23, 2015