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US Sunshine Act : 2015 Open Payments Data are available

Use the Search Tool to conduct your own specific search To Download all Open Payments data in detail. The Data Explorer tool allows you to view different datasets and create visualizations such as charts and graphs to get an in-depth look at the data applicable manufacturers and GPO’s have submitted about payments and transfers of value they’ve made to physicians and teaching hospitals. To Access the Data Explorer Tool

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Drug and Device Makers Find Receptive Audience at For-profit, Southern Hospitals

Where a hospital is located and who owns it make a big difference in how many of its doctors take meals, consulting and promotional payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies, a new ProPublica analysis shows. A higher percentage of doctors affiliated with hospitals in the South have received such payments than doctors in other regions of the country, our analysis found. And a greater share of doctors at for-profit hospitals have taken them than at nonprofit and government facilities. Doctors in New Jersey, home to many of the largest drug companies, led the country in industry interactions: Nearly eight …

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Pharmaceutical Industry–Sponsored Meals and Physician Prescribing Patterns for Medicare Beneficiaries

Physician-industry relationships—including sponsored meals and promotional speaking fees—are at the center of an international debate, intensified by recent transparency efforts in the United States and the European Union. In the United States, in the last 5 months of 2013, 4.3 million industry payments totaling $3.4 billion were made to more than 470 000 physicians and 1000 teaching hospitals. Although some argue that industry-sponsored meals and payments facilitate the discussion of novel treatments, others have raised concerns about their potential to influence prescribing behavior. Studies suggest that physician-industry relationships are associated with increased prescribing of brand-name drugs. Although most studies have relied …

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Is 2016 The Year That CMS Starts Fining Sunshine Act Violators?

The third annual Physician Payments Sunshine Act (“Sunshine Act”) reporting deadline has come and gone. If you are an applicable manufacturer and this law is news to you, you might be getting fined. The most recent reporting deadline was March 31st, 2016. Previous reporting cycles included 2013 (partial report out) and 2014. Failure to report can result in Civil Monetary Penalties (“CMPs”) assessed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and bad publicity. Presumptively, when CMS fines the first manufacturer or group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”) for a reporting failure, it will be publicized in order to compel industry …

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US Sunshine Act : Check your 2015 Open Payments data

CMS, Sunshine Act, Transparency

By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D, Deputy Administrator and Director of CMS’ Center for Program Integrity The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ continues to publish data from applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) about payments they make to physicians and teaching hospitals on its website, https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/. We’re pleased that the public has searched Open Payments data more than 6.3 million times. Doctors, teaching hospitals and others receiving payments or other transfers of value that are sent to us from reporting entities, should take steps to ensure that this information about you, your related research, ownership, and other financial concerns are …

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U.S. Seeks Records of 80,000 Novartis `Sham’ Events for Doctors

The U.S. is asking Novartis AG to provide records of about 80,000 “sham” events in which the government says doctors were wined and dined so they would prescribe the company’s cardiovascular drugs to their patients. The Swiss drugmaker and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney are engaged in a whistle-blower lawsuit that alleges Novartis provided illegal kickbacks to health-care providers through bogus educational programs at high-end restaurants and sports bars where the drugs were barely discussed. In a filing Friday, the U.S. said it needs Novartis to provide information to support its allegation that the company defrauded federal health-care programs of hundreds …

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