Throughout the year, and notably during the holiday season, the Alabama Ethics Law restricts items UAB employees may receive from vendors or business partners.
Beginning in August 2013, the federal Open Payments Law (also known as the Physician Payment Sunshine Act) requires pharmaceutical and medical device/supply companies to report to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services both direct and indirect transfers of value to certain providers and teaching hospitals. See the University Compliance Office Open Payments Law Fact Sheet for guidance and more information on this important federal law.
The Alabama Ethics Law has recently been revised to delete any reference to “seasonal” gift-giving and to define “de minimis value.”
The UAB Enterprise Risk Council has approved the new UAB Enterprise Code of Conduct with an effective date of October 1, 2011. The code is designed as a tool to help guide ethical decision-making by UAB community members in the UAB Enterprise - including the University, UAB Medicine, and UAB foundations, alumni associations, and operating organizations. The UAB Enterprise Code of Conduct does NOT represent a change in policy or a response to a particular problem or set of circumstances. Rather, it expands on and combines the Research Code of Conduct, in place in the University for a number of years, with the various codes of conduct of UAB's health-related entities.
University faculty and staff will be learning more about the UAB Enterprise Code of Conduct from leadership in the coming months. For more information, visit the Code of Conduct.