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Med schools vow to tighten conflict policies

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's two medical schools will strengthen policies to avoid conflicts of interest in the way grants for health projects are awarded.

The Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will require members of grant committees to be absent during discussions of proposals in which they have a financial stake.

The policies come in response to a Legislative Audit Bureau report that found some awards went to organizations affiliated with committee members or to researchers who were members.

The report found it in most cases the affected members abstained from voting, but that wasn't always clear.

The report looked at how the schools spent money they received in 2000 when Blue Cross Blue Shield United of Wisconsin converted into a for-profit corporation.

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