Physician Sunshine Act Payments Published by CMS

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This past week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) opened up data that included direct or indirect payments to physicians and teaching hospitals from drug and device manufacturers to the public.   Some information is currently not included as it may have been excluded due to authenticity concerns. Additional data may still be in the process of being disputed. You can access all the data by clicking here. 

As required under the Sunshine Act, manufacturers of covered products and entities under common ownership with those manufacturers must, on an annual basis, report payments or other transfers of value made to teaching hospitals and physicians. Further, GPOs are required to report payments or other transfers of value made to physician owners or investors.

Providers should review the data as soon as possible to ensure accuracy of these public payments.  To initiate disputes, providers must contact CMS by the end of the calendar year in which the data was reported.  For example, if a manufacturer reported payments to CMS on March 31, 2014, listed providers would have until December 31, 2014 to initiate a disput

If you have any questions regarding the dispute process or the compliance issues related to the Sunshine Act, feel free to contact Alex T. Krouse at (574) 485-2003 or Susan E. Ziel at (612) 564-1927.