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CMS Revises Time for Sunshine Act Special Open Door Forum

August 1, 2016
Ruselle W. Robinson

CMS has revised the time for the Sunshine Act/Open Payments Special Open Door Forum that CMS will host on August 2, 2016.  The forum will be a conference call now scheduled to take place between 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm EST.

The purpose of the Forum is to solicit comments from stakeholders on issues that relate to future rulemaking by CMS.  CMS has identified several areas of concern that include, amongst others, the following:

      • Are the nature of payment categories specific enough?
      • How many years of data should CMS continue to publish and annually update on its website?
      • Are there any specific hurdles presented by the current Sunshine Act/Open Payments definition of a teaching hospital?
      • How can CMS define physician-owned distributors for reporting purposes?

These are just a few of the issues on which CMS is seeking comments.  You can access a complete set of slides with all topics of interest to CMS here:  https://www.cms.gov/OpenPayments/Downloads/2017-physicianfeeschedule.pdf

The call-in number for the Open Door Forum is 1-800-837-1935.

Conference ID # is 44678813.

Here is a link to the Open Payments Events Page with additional information:  https://www.cms.gov/OpenPayments/Program-Participants/Events.html

CMS will accept comments related to the Special Open Door Forum through September 6, 2016.

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