Massachusetts Repeals No Free Lunch Ban for Doctors

Massachusetts has repealed a 2008 state ban on industry-provided meals for physicians and other health professionals,  American Medical News reports.   The change allows medical industry companies to pay for “modest meals and refreshments” for doctors and other health professionals in connection with educational presentations that are not certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Restaurateurs, pharmaceutical companies and device-makers had lobbied for the repeal, which was included in the state’s $32.5 billion 2013 budget enacted in July.