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  • Sunshine Data Will See “Light of Day” September 30

    On September 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will make available to the public for the first time the data of certain transfers of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals by manufacturers (between Aug. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2013).

    The provisions of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, now known as Open Payments, requires this reporting and subsequent online posting.

    Physicians previously had a brief opportunity to review the 2013 data reported about them and dispute any inaccuracies. The reported information may still be disputed after it is made public on September 30. However, the corrections will not be made by CMS until the next Open Payments data "refresh" is completed.

    Important to note: CMS will not mediate any disputes - manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are to work directly with doctors to resolve any issues with the data.

    Last month, ISMS joined more than 100 national and state medical organizations to voice numerous concerns to CMS about the Open Payments system and to push for a six-month delay in the public release of the reporting data.

    For more details, access CMS' Open Payments User Guide.

    Email the Open Payments Help Desk or call 855-326-8366 if you have questions.

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