AdvaMed works to facilitate ethical interactions between companies and health care professionals (HCPs) globally. Ethical interactions enhance patient access to the safe and effective use of medical technologies by ensuring appropriate training of HCPs by companies.
The Affordable Care Act included several new Medicare payment system reforms designed to improve coordination and collaboration among physicians and other healthcare providers. AdvaMed and its team of policy experts study these changes and determine their impact on patients, future medical innovation and our member companies.
AdvaMed and MedTech Europe have developed joint compliance guidance and tools on Distributor Relations as part of an ongoing commitment to provide ethical guidance on appropriate industry interactions. We believe clear, established compliance programs will safeguard the integrity of medical decision making and promote further public confidence in our industry.
Presently, no national standard exists for Health Care Industry Representative (HCIR) Credentialing. Although all stakeholders share the common goals of patient safety and quality care, the current environment subjects HCIRs to widely varying credentialing requirements, resulting in increased costs and administrative burdens which can also impede access to technology, technical support, and educational resources. AdvaMed supports the Coalition for Best Practices in HCIR Requirements to streamline the HCIR Credentialing process for all stakeholders, while meeting the common goals of patient safety and confidentiality.
We understand the pressing need to ensure access to high-quality, life-saving medical technology for patients in India, in the most affordable and efficient manner possible. To advance toward this goal, we share a commitment to and fundamental belief in operating with the highest standards of ethics and integrity. The companies listed here have Ethics and Compliance teams dedicated to communicating and enforcing clear standards of conduct for their employees and distributors. If there are gaps, concerns or observations, we welcome information via the compliance hotlines, websites, and/or contacts listed here.
Physician-own distributorships, or "PODs," include device companies and distributors that offer substantial equity positions to physicians, in some cases, selected because collectively they are in a position to generate a substantial amount of business for the entities through ordering (or influencing orders for) devices sold or manufactured by the company. In a March 26, 2013 Special Fraud Alert, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) notes that the POD business structure is inherently suspect, and cites OIG's 2006 correspondence with AdvaMed on the issue.
In partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers, AdvaMed members have free access to the Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute (MCI), which provides prompt, complimentary answers to questions regarding compliance issues from experienced attorneys working with top-tier legal counsel.