Sunshine Act Heats Up | Cardiology Magazine
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, also referred to as the Open Payments Program, requires public reporting by manufacturers of medical products and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) of all payments or transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals, as well as ownership or investment interests held by physicians or immediate family members of physicians in such manufacturers and GPOs.
Reports of industry payments made between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, will be released to the public on Sept. 30. Physicians and teaching hospitals have until Aug. 27 to preview and dispute information contained within the reports. After the close of the initial 45-day preview period, there is an additional 15-day period that physicians and teaching hospitals can use to continue to work with industry to resolve disputes. To preview your report, you must first register through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Enterprise Portal, a system designed to verify your identity.
Due to concerns with the registration and dispute resolution processes that have arisen in recent months, the ACC submitted recommendations to CMS in June.
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