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On April 18, 2013, as part of The National Physician Payment Transparency Program (OPEN PAYMENTS) initiative, CMS launched a new website to provide an informational resource to stakeholders. Section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act, referred to as OPEN PAYMENTS, has been established to create greater transparency around financial relationships of manufacturers, group purchasing organizations, physicians, and teaching hospitals. The website includes a wealth of information on why OPEN PAYMENTS are important, how they will work, frequently asked questions, and fact sheets for Applicable... Read more..
Michaeline Daboul, MMIS, Inc.’s President & CEO, will present the results of a recent physician opinion survey at The 5th Annual Summit on Disclosure, Transparency and Aggregate Spend for Drug, Device and Biotech Companies to be held February 19 – 21, 2013 at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. The conference is offered by The Health Care Conference Administrators, LLC.
Ms. Daboul will present physicians’ awareness and attitudes of the Sunshine Act, specifically focusing on proactive notification and dispute resolution workflows.
Join us at 8:50 AM EST on February 20th to learn about physician opinions and currently available workflows to meet the Sunshine rules, released on February 1, 2013.
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On February 1, 2013, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the final ruling of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act provisions, a measure designed to increase transparency within the health care market. The ruling finalizes provisions requiring pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to report payments and transfers of value that they make to physicians and teaching hospitals.
Final Sunshine provisions require CMS to post data to a public website, allowing for physicians and teaching hospitals to review and dispute reporting prior to publication. MMIS, Inc. and Healthcare Data... Read more..
On January 8, 2013, Cody Wiberg, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, wrote a letter requesting repeal of the requirement for pharmaceutical manufacturers to report on payments and transfers of value to physicians for the 2012 calendar year. The Board of Pharmacy will ask the Minnesota Legislature to repeal state regulations since the forthcoming Physician Payment Sunshine Act will preempt the relevant provisions of Minnesota state law.
The board will not be asking the Legislature to repeal the partial gift ban. This will remain in effect. See the... Read more..
On January 14, 2013, the AARP, AFL-CIO, and 17 other healthcare advocacy groups wrote a letter urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue the Physician Payments Sunshine Act regulations. The letter expressed the urgency to approve these regulations in that they are expected to protect patients and eliminate fraud in Medicare and Medicaid.
See the full article on thehill.com to read more.Read more..