A blog by attorneys for anyone interested in or affected by The Sunshine Act.

Category - Physicians

Learning Curve: CMS Posts 2013 Data

CMS held to its schedule and released the 2013 Sunshine Act data on September 30, 2014.  CMS also published a summary of the Sunshine Act/Open Payments data that held a few surprises.  Here’s what we know so far (all of the numbers are rounded): The total value of...

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Physician and Teaching Hospital Registration Re-Opens for Review and Dispute

CMS announced today that the Sunshine Act/Open Payments system is back online.  Registered physicians and teaching hospitals once again can review (and dispute, if necessary) payment and physician ownership data reported about them by applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations. CMS shut down the Open Payments system earlier...

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Registration for Review, Dispute and Correction Hits Snag

Earlier this week, the online publication ProPublica reported that CMS had temporarily suspended the review and dispute phase of Open Payments, which began on July 14, 2014.  According to the article, in at least one instance a manufacturer submitted incorrect payment information after confusing two physicians with the same...

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What’s New: Sunshine Act Regulatory Changes

In my post of July 7, 2014, I wrote about proposed amendments to the Sunshine Act regulations that subsequently appeared in the July 11, 2014 Federal Register. Today I am giving more detail about the four proposed modifications to the Sunshine Act regulations.  I will pay particular attention...

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Review, Dispute and Correction Process Begins July 14, 2014

The day finally has arrived. The Sunshine Act review, dispute and correction process (formerly known as the dispute resolution process) began on July 14, 2014 and will run through September 11, 2014, a total of 60 days. The review, dispute and correction process will be divided into two periods. ...

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CMS Announces Proposed Changes to Sunshine Act Regulations

Just days after the reporting period for 2013 payment and physician ownership data came to a close on June 30, 2014, CMS announced that it is proposing four changes to the Sunshine Act (also known as Open Payments) rule.  The most significant revision to the Sunshine Act...

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Dispute Resolution, Continued

CMS continues to work towards its September 30, 2014 publication date for 2013 payment and physician ownership data.  Phase 2 registration for Industry (applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations (GPOs)) will close on June 30th.  Physicians and teaching hospitals are still registering with CMS so that they can...

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Dispute and Resolution Update

CMS clearly is rethinking the dispute and resolution process as a result of submissions it received during the comment period that ended on June 2, 2014. Consider, for example, the revised Open Payments User Guide released by CMS on June 6, 2014. Chapter 8 of the Guide,...

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