“Combining a labor dispute with the Sunshine Act may cause problems for your conference.”
Seattle is an excellent destination for medical meetings. As one of the top cancer and medical research cities in the nation, we understand that the advancement of medicine depends on consistent and fruitful exchange of clinical data. The Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that Seattle hosted more medical meetings in 2014 than ever before. As our convention and hospitality industry expands, we are looking forward to additional capacity for larger conventions of clinicians and researchers.
But labor disputes like the boycott at the Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8 can taint the quality and experience of medical meetings. Many healthcare professionals do not wish to host a meeting where workers are being mistreated, and where the hotel cannot guarantee labor peace. Despite the Hyatt Corporation’s new Group Bill product, the Grand Hyatt Seattle and the Hyatt at Olive 8 are not appropriate settings for these meetings or their room blocks.
New provisions of the Sunshine Act, a portion of the Affordable Care Act, went live in August 2014. Meetings that take place in a boycotted hotel may already experience difficulty in attracting attendees. But experts in the industry are now worried that doctors may shy away from large conventions that might produce records of those doctors having accepted money or other transfers of value from pharmaceutical companies.
“Many physicians, it is feared, will not want to participate in clinical trials and other key meetings held by pharma companies once they learn that all the spend data related to them will be publicized, since they will see it as negative press suggesting they are being “bought” by pharma companies,” according to “The Meeting Magazines.com” on April 1, 2013.
Combining a labor dispute with the Sunshine Act may cause problems for your conference.
Medical Events at Risk
The following events are at risk of taking place in the middle of the labor dispute at the Grand Hyatt Seattle and the Hyatt at Olive 8, either by hosting the event at a boycotted hotel or by reserving a room block at a boycotted hotel. Click on the links to learn more about each meeting, including more information about some leadership’s financial relationships with drug companies for some groups:
- Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA)
- American Optometric Association Optometry’s Meeting 2015
- University of Washington Emergency Radiology 2015
Prior Seattle Hyatt customers that have not committed to honor the boycott going forward