Companies Dig Into Sunshine Rule Details In Preparation For Aug. 1 Go-Live Date
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
CMS has finalized several sunshine rule provisions: the definition of “applicable manufacturer” has been narrowed; many payments to speakers at continuing medical education programs and events need not be reported; and the agency will allow manufacturers to supply contextual information on the public database.
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Both manufacturers and hospital-system personnel are complaining to CMS that payments by firms to non-teaching hospitals are becoming confused with payments to teaching hospitals in the public Open Payments database.
Device firm representatives were pleased, at least on first review, with CMS’ presentation of the industry-submitted physician payment data posted online for the first time Sept. 30, including the public context provided for the database.