Conflict of Interest

News and Updates

Annual Disclosure Period for UI Health Care Employees

The annual disclosure period for eligible UI Health Care employees is February 3 - April 30, 2014All UI Health Care faculty, P&S, SEIU, and Merit Exempt staff working 50% time or more are required to submit an annual disclosure, even if they have no outside financial interests or activities to disclose.

Employees will use the electronic disclosure system called eCOI (electronic Conflict of Interest). The eCOI system combines the disclosure requirements for UI Health Care, Continuing Medical Education, Conflict of Interest in Research, Conflict of Interest in the Workplace, and Conflict of Commitment.

To access the disclosure, see the hyperlink in the "Disclosure Form" box on the right side of this screen.  You must use your HawkID to log on, not your HealthCareID. Once you have logged on, there is a "Help" hyperlink in the upper right-hand side of the screen.  Here you can access a User Guide and contact phone numbers.

If you have questions, please contact the UI Health Care Conflict of Interest Office at 384-5252 or coi@healthcare.uiowa.edu.

Physician Payment Sunshine Act

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act requires manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals, or medical supplies to annually report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) certain transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals.

Timeline

  • August 2013 through December 2013: Manufacturers will collect and track financial payment information
  • March 31, 2014: Deadline for manufacturers to report payment information to CMS
  • September 30, 2014: Deadline for CMS to post financial payment information on a public website

Before the information is made available to the public, there will be a 45-day review and correction period, during which physicians and teaching hospitals may register and then sign into a CMS secure website to review the data submitted by manufacturers on their behalf.  An individual physician may initiate a request directly to a manufacturer to correct the information.  Correction disputes are between the physician and the manufacturer.

Instructions for physicians to register on the CMS website will be published in early 2014.

More information can be obtained on the CMS Open Payments website.

If you have questions, please contact the UI Health Care Conflict of Interest Office at 384-5252 or coi@healthcare.uiowa.edu.

If you have a question about the federal regulation on conflict of interest in research, please call the Conflict of Interest in Research Office at 384-4256 or 335-8892.

Faculty and staff at University of Iowa Health Care have increasing opportunities to engage in professional activities with industry and other outside entities.

Such activities may improve patient care through the development of new products; strengthen knowledge and skills; and contribute to the growth and development of expertise. Yet care must be taken to ensure that relationships between UI Health Care employees and outside entities are free from any actual or perceived conflicts of interest.

To reinforce our commitment to upholding the highest possible ethical standards and to foster greater transparency, University of Iowa Health Care implemented a Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment policy on July 1, 2009. A revised version of the policy is effective on January 1, 2014.

A summary of changes lists the major changes to the revised policy.

Disclosures of external relationships made by UI Health Care faculty and staff members are publicly accessible.

If you have questions about the policy, please contact the Conflict of Interest Office at 319-384-5252 or coi@healthcare.uiowa.edu