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I wish they would simply focus on payments that might matter, not meals, or anything under $5,000. Identifying the correct HCP is not difficult if you contract with them (no need to identify all their employees or affiliations). Also, the greatest volume of records (and chance to mis-identify HCPs) is in-office meals, which have quite modest limits in almost all companies. The cost to companies could have been greatly reduced if we weren't chasing bagels. The other very difficult area, of course, is clinical trial spend. Grants for ISTs/IITs are fairly simple; not so the company sponsored trials with their many sites & CROs.

john, trust me, they would use an inferior product. you must not be in the industry.

I think it's interesting that the author quotes that Kohl stated that this bill was never meant to be cumbersome...how could it be anything but cumbersome. The idea that industry should need to report what they're spending on healthcare providers is ludicrous. What other industry does this? The medical industry consists of some of the most highly educated individuals in the world. To imply that by allowing a particular industry person to spend money on them is to say they would choose to use an inferior product is ridiculous.

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