Category: Federal Transparency

CMS’ Annual Open Payments Report to Congress Highlights Some Key Areas to Watch

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) must submit an annual report to Congress in connection with the federal Sunshine law.  In addition to summarizing the process and outcome of the 2014 reporting period, the recently released annual report includes a few key takeaways for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers […]

CMS Issues Additional Sunshine FAQs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released this week 5 new frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to reporting payments and transfers of value provided by applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to physicians and teaching hospitals in connection with the federal Sunshine Act.  The FAQs generally relate to […]

FDA Releases List of FY 2015 of Guidance Priorities

On January 9th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released lists of final and draft guidance documents they intend to publish in Fiscal Year 2015.   This guidance is a first for the FDA and comes as a product of negotiations with the medical device industry over Medical Device User Fee Amendments […]

CMS Releases New Video Tutorial for 2014 Sunshine Reporting; Q&A Session Next Week

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released today a 20 minute on-demand video tutorial related to the 2014 Open Payments reporting program.  The video provides an overview of the registration, reporting and certification processes, as well as CMS resources available related to Open Payments.  According the CMS, the […]

CMS Explains New Data Matching and Resubmission Process During Open Payments Webinar Today

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a webinar today to address the process for correcting and resubmitting records that were removed from the Open Payments system in August 2014 by CMS due to data integrity issues.  CMS started the webinar by stating that of the 4.4 million […]

CMS Open Payments Webinar Scheduled for November 13th Related to Excluded Payments

Interested parties can register for an upcoming webinar hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) related to the data that was excluded from public disclosure in August 2014 due to data errors.  The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, November 13th from 1-3 PM Eastern.  As of late […]

CMS Exempts CME and Makes Other Sunshine Reporting Changes

Late last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2015 physician payment fee schedule, which includes changes to the Final Rule implementing the federal Sunshine law.  Most significantly, CMS announced that it had exempted payments to speakers at all continuing medical education (CME) events under §403.904(i)(1) if the […]