Conflicts of Interest
Interactions with Vendors and Other Commercial Entities
Mount Sinai physicians refer patients to outside companies for services such as home care, home nutritional support, direct pharmacy services, etc. These companies do not necessarily sell products or services to Mount Sinai or its physicians. However, they depend on Mount Sinai for their business through patient referrals, for which they bill the patients or carriers directly. Mount Sinai cannot accept gifts, e.g. equipment, research grants, salary support, etc, from these vendors in exchange for such referrals. Such gifts would constitute illegal kickbacks in violation of the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute. Any gifts or donations offered by these companies must be directed to Mount Sinai's Office of Development for review and approval to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements.