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CMS Database Shows Medicare Payments to Doctors and others healthcare providers in 2012

The Wall Street Journal has published a searchable database of information made public by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The list shows total Medicare payments to doctors and other health care providers across the country, including Arkansas, in 2012. This is the first time such information has been released this way, and the Obama administration is casting it as part its work « to make our health care system more transparent, affordable, and accountable. » Doctors and other health care providers, however, aren’t so happy about the data’s release. You can search the Journal’s database here, and you can download …

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CBI Aggregate Spend West Conference Highlights: Painful Adjustments to New Regulatory Realities

CBI’s 5th Annual Sunshine and Aggregate Spend West conference held in San Diego shed light on the many pain points life sciences organizations have faced, and continue to face in modifying corporate processes and procedures to accommodate for data collection and reporting activities as required by the Federal Sunshine Act. Ben Carmel, Head of Global Offering Development at Polaris, closed the conference with a panel on international compliance for medical device organizations. He noted that EFPIA adoption has been faster than initially anticipated and member nations are considering whether it should be enacted as code or as law. Additionally, he …

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Connecticut Requires Pharmaceutical and Device Companies to Report Payments and Transfers of Value Made To Nurse Practitioners and other APRNs

For the first time in five years a state has passed legislation aimed at reporting payments from pharmaceutical and device manufacturers to healthcare providers. Starting October 2014, Connecticut will require pharmaceutical and device manufacturers to report payments and transfers of value to advance practice registered nurses (APRNs). This group includes nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives. APRNs are excluded from the reporting obligations under the Federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The disclosure requirement is part of a new law in Connecticut that allows APRNs to practice independent of physicians. Pour lire l’article de Policy & Medicine

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Sunshine Act: Inside Look at the Open Payments Phase 2 Uploads, Assumptions Documents, and the Attestation

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) posted documents that provide a lot of insight into the next steps of the Open Payments System for implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have not yet released detailed information on the Submission and Attestation process, but the OMB Information Collection Request sheds light on important aspects of Phase 2. Pour lire l’article de Policy And Medicine

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Big pharma’s relationship with Canadian doctors needs some U.S.-style sunshine

Ours can be an overly polite country. If the recent Senate spending scandal taught us anything, it’s the value of openness in financial relations. Our American neighbors have come to understand this (somewhat), and now believe that such transparency should not be confined to Congressmen or Wall Street. Lost in the rancor surrounding the Affordable Care Act is a piece of legislation that leans on transparency to enlighten and safeguard patients from conflicts of interest. It’s titled the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, and it’s a rather unapologetic take on a relationship Canada has been relatively bashful about. Pour lire l’article …

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