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Physician Payments Sunshine Act
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The Physician Payments Sunshine Act,commonly referred to as the Sunshine Act, is a provision of the Affordable Care Act that will make information about interactions between physicians and biopharmaceutical professionals available to the public. Specifically, the Sunshine Act requires that manufacturers of drugs, devices, biological and medical supplies report payments or other transfers of value they make to physicians and teaching hospitals.

How Will the Sunshine Act Work?

In its final rule on the Sunshine Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)provided this timeline:

  • Prescription drug manufacturers must begin tocollect dataon Aug. 1.Data collected for the period of Aug. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013, must be reported to CMS by March 31, 2014.

  • Sometime after March 31, 2014,CMS will open a 45-day review period for physicians and teaching hospitals to review the information posted anddisputespecific reported payments, if necessary.

  • At the close of the 45-day review period, a 15-day period has been added for manufacturers to correct disputed data.

  • In 2014, CMS will roll out a public website that allows users to search and download the data collected.

Did you know that ACPM is a member of Partners for Healthy Dialogues?

Partners for Healthy Dialogues is a collaboration between health care provider organizations and biopharmaceutical and medical technology organizations to demonstrate the value of interactions between physicians and biopharmaceutical/medical technology companies, from better patient care to advancing medical innovation.

With the implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, Partners for Healthy Dialogues is working to provide clear, helpful information to ACPM members. Starting August 1, biopharmaceutical and medical technology companies began collecting data on payments and transfers of value paid or given to physicians and teaching hospitals. Next year, this data will be reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS will release a public database of this information in September 2014.

So, what can you do now? 

It’s important to review your National Provider Identifier (NPI) profile and ensure that all of your information is up to date. Partners for Healthy Dialogues developed a video about updating your NPI – click here to watch the video and to learn more about the Sunshine Act.




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