Tag: Open Payments

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 […]

CMS Launches New Search Tool for Open Payments Database; Announces Disputed Payments Reporting Deadline

As we discussed here, the launch of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments database on September 30, 2014 was met with a high level of criticism from industry, health care professionals, the media and other interested parties.  One significant complaint was that the data was not […]

Sunshine Act Media Coverage and CMS’s Response Today

The Open Payments database has been live for a week now.  There has been media coverage, but most has not been the type that many expected.  The coverage to date has largely centered on the significant challenges associated with accessing and using the database.  For example: US News & World […]

CMS Releases First Year Open Payments Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promised the government, industry and the public that it would release the first round of data in connection with the Physician Payment Sunshine Act by September 30, 2014, and that promised was delivered on today.  The CMS Open Payments database contains 4.4 million […]

Is CMS Feeling the Sunshine Heat? – Part 3

As we discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this ongoing story, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has received significant criticism related to issues with the Open Payments database and its plans to release the information by the end of this month despite data concerns.  The latest development is that […]

Is CMS Feeling the Sunshine Heat? – Part 2

As follow-up to our recent post on the issues that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is experiencing with its Open Payments database, there is new information that additional data also may be excluded when the payments are made public this month.  Last week, ProPublica published an article that states: “Now, a […]

Is CMS Feeling the Sunshine Heat?

As we told you about here, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been dealing with issues related to its Open Payments database of payments and transfers of value reported by manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs).  This data is scheduled for public release by CMS on September […]