US Sunshine Act

We’ve Updated Dollars for Docs. Here’s What’s New.

Today we’ve updated our Dollars for Docs interactive database, adding an additional year of data and some new features that make it easier to see how much money your physician receives from pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Dollars for Docs now includes payments made from August 2013 through December 2015. Two full years of the data gives us the chance to compare year over year. Although spending by companies stayed constant, the numbers are nevertheless huge. Companies made about $2 billion in general payments to 618,000 physicians each year, in addition to another $600 million a year to teaching hospitals. …

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‘American Red Cross Sunshine Act’ Would Open Charity to Outside Scrutiny

Federal legislation is being unveiled today that would force the American Red Cross to do something that it has repeatedly resisted: open its books and operations to outside scrutiny. The proposed American Red Cross Sunshine Act comes in response to a government report, also being released today, that finds oversight of the charity lacking and recommends Congress find a way to fill the gap. Though the Red Cross has a government-mandated role responding to disasters, “no regular, independent evaluations are conducted of the impact or effectiveness of the Red Cross’s disaster services,” the Government Accountability Office report found. To read …

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Don’t rewrite history: ‘Sunshine’ law was meant to protect docs from undue influence

More than 100 state and national medical societies are trying to water down the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, a law that protects doctors and their patients from undue influence by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. They’re welcome to do that. But they can’t rewrite history in the process. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) recently introduced the Protect Continuing Physician Education and Patient Care Act. It would roll back the Sunshine Act requirement that drug and device companies report payments they’ve made to fund continuing medical education for doctors or to send them copies of research studies. The various medical societies support …

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Polaris : Important Compliance and Transparency Updates

Andy Bender, Founder and President, Polaris Polaris is pleased to provide a quarterly update of compliance and transparency developments and changes that took place in Q2 that may effect your business: AMERICAS TRANSPARENCY GLOBAL TRANSPARENCY PRE-NOTIFICATION OUS ABAC/FCPA PRIVACY/DATA PROTECTION US REGULATORY, ANTI-KICKBACK, FALSE CLAIMS AND CIAs FAIR MARKET VALUE

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US Sunshine Act : CMS Releases Third Year of Open Payments Data

By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., CMS Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity On June 30, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the Open Payments data for program year 2015, along with newly submitted and updated 2013 and 2014 records.  Open Payments (sometimes called the “Sunshine Act”) is a national program, required by the Affordable Care Act, that promotes CMS’ commitment to transparency by providing data on the financial relationships between the health care industry – including pharmaceutical and medical companies – and health care providers. In program year 2015, health care industry manufacturers reported $7.52 billion in payments …

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US Sunshine Act : Open Payments Data 2015 Review

For All Open Payments the story is a flat one. All Open Payments includes General Payments (charitable contributions, compensation for services other than consulting, consulting fees, education, entertainment, food & beverage, gifts, grants, honoraria, royalties & licenses plus travel & lodging – referred to as Transfer of Value) plus Research Payments and Ownership + Investment Payments. Key highlights: Total payments are effectively the same from 2014 – 2015 at $7.47B v $7.52B Number of physicians receiving a payment is static YoY at 618,000 Total number of records published has shows no growth at 11.9M Average payment received by physicians (total …

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