HHS Awards $67 Million in Navigator Grants under ACA

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced today that it awarded $67 million in grants to 105 navigator grant applicants. The navigator program was created under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in an effort to provide unbiased information about health insurance options. Specifically, navigators will serve as an in-person resource for […]

September 23, 2013: What It Means for HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

September 23, 2013 is rapidly approaching, and Covered Entities and Business Associates must comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule by this date. Among the tasks facing Covered Entities and Business Associates seeking to meet Omnibus Rule requirements, they must ensure that their Business Associate Agreements (“BAAs”) comply […]

Round 2: CMS Teleconference with Manufacturers Regarding Reporting Research Payments

Following yesterday’s teleconference with physicians and teaching hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a webinar today regarding the National Physician Payment Transparency Program, also known as Open Payments.  The CMS Open Payments system implements the requirements of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act.  The objective of the webinar […]

CMS Sunshine Act Teleconference Held for Physicians and Teaching Hospitals

A teleconference was held today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the National Physician Payment Transparency Program, also known as Open Payments.  The CMS Open Payments system implements the requirements of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act.  The objective of the […]

CMS Issues Another Round of Sunshine Reporting FAQs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued today another round of FAQs related to the implementation of the Sunshine Act.  Pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) started tracking data on August 1, 2013.  Below is a list of the new 25 CMS FAQs organized […]

CMS Call for Comments Re: Sunshine Act

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a Federal Register notice requesting comments related to the Sunshine Act, section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act.  Specifically, CMS is requesting comments on the implementation of the registration process, attestation process, dispute and resolution processes, assumptions document, and data retention requirements […]

No Doubt About It: Sunshine Reporting Will Draw Interest

Since the introduction of the Sunshine Act legislation several years ago, one question has been whether transparency will impact relationships between pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and health care providers and entities.  Others have wondered whether patients, enforcement authorities and the public at large will be interested in the reported data.  While these […]