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You Are Now on the Clock — Sunshine Act Dispute Window Now Open

Beginning Monday, July 14, 2014, the review, dispute and correction process outlined the National Physician Payment Transparency Program (also known as the "Sunshine Act") opens on CMS's Open Payments website. Physicians and...more

CMS Wants To Shine Light On CME Payments To Physicians

It’s a question CMS has been wrestling with since the enactment of the Sunshine Act (sometimes called the Open Payments Program) as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Sunshine Act generally requires a manufacturer to...more

Cloudy Skies Ahead for Providers? CMS’ Release of Medicare Billing Data Combined with Physician Payment Sunshine Act Data May...

In February 2013, we reported (on our Healthcare Law Blog) that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. In the interest of providing more...more

CMS To Publish Financial Relationships Between Physicians and Drug Manufacturers Beginning September 2014

Beginning in September 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) will publish a list of all payments and transfers of value paid by drug manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals on a publicly...more

CMS Proposes Significant Rate Cuts and Other Changes to Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans

The Advance Notice ("Advance Notice") of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year ("CY") 2015 for Medicare Advantage ("MA") Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2015 Call Letter was released by the Centers...more

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act Final Rule: Key Change From Proposed Rule Affecting Foreign Entities

We now have only 36 days to go until August 1, 2013, when the new data collection obligations imposed on “applicable manufacturers” and group purchasing organizations under the physician payment “sunshine” rules of the...more

HHS Office of Inspector General Issues Updated Self-Disclosure Protocol

On April 17, 2013, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) released an Updated Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol (“SDP”). The Updated SDP replaces OIG’s original Provider...more

CMS Publishes Final Sunshine Act Rule Creating New Regulatory Landscape for Physician-Manufacturer Interactions

Originally published in the Health Care Fraud Report, 17 HFRA 219, on 03/06/2013. The final rule (the ‘‘Final Rule’’) implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (‘‘Sunshine Act’’), published in the Federal...more

CMS Publishes Physician Payment Sunshine Rules; Manufacturers and Group Purchasing Organizations Are Required to Submit Detailed...

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the long-awaited rules (the "Rules") detailing manufacturers' and group purchasing organizations' reporting requirements under Section 6002...more

The Sunshine Act Final Rule: CMS Sheds Light on Reporting Physician and Teaching Hospital Payments

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the “Act”). The Act requires certain manufacturers of covered drugs, devices, and...more

Here Comes the Sun: Final Rules Implementing the Federal Sunshine Law

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited final rule implementing the Federal Sunshine Law (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7h). (The rule was subsequently published in the Federal...more

Physician Payment Sunshine Rule is Finalized

The Final Rule implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act was announced on February 1st and published in the Federal Register on February 8th. The Final Rule establishes procedures for drug and device manufacturers to...more

CMS Issues Final Rule for Implementing Sunshine Act

On February 8, 2013, 16 months after the statutory deadline, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register the final regulation implementing the physician payment transparency...more

CMS Issues Final Physician Payment Sunshine Act Regulations

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the long-awaited final regulations implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Act or Sunshine Act). The Sunshine Act requires drug,...more

Physician Payment Sunshine Rule Finalized; Let The Sun Shine In; Payment Reports Flow

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the final rule implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) that requires most manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologics or medical...more

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act Final Rule A Summary Of Key Provisions

On February 1, 2013, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the long-awaited Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) Final Rule, implementing Section 1128G of the Social Security Act. The...more

Healthcare Alert: Better Late than Never - The Sunshine Act Final Regulations are Finally Here!

Late afternoon on Friday February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") published the final rule regarding Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests ("Final...more

CMS Shines Light on Financial Relationships with Final Physician Payment Sunshine Act Rule

On February 8, 2013, the final Physician Payment Sunshine Act (“Sunshine Act”) rule, issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) will be published. The arrival of this final rule has been much anticipated...more

Healthcare Alert: Better Late than Never - The Sunshine Act Final Regulations are Finally Here!: Covered Recipients

“Covered Recipients” - Physicians - The Final Rule retains the proposed definition of “physician” as meaning doctors of medicine and osteopathy, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, and chiropractors, who are...more

CMS Issues Final Rule to Implement Physician Payments Sunshine Act

On Friday, February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the highly anticipated final rule to implement the federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act (the “Sunshine Act”). The final rule will...more

CMS Publishes Final Sunshine Act Rule; Data Collection to Begin on August 1, 2013

The long-awaited final rule (the Final Rule) implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) has arrived at the Federal Register. It amends key definitions and adds new terms; retains broad reporting...more

CMS Issues Final Physician Payment Sunshine Rule

In an action that will have broad implications for drug and device manufacturers, researchers, distributors, teaching hospitals and physicians, on February 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly...more

Let the Collection and Reporting Begin: CMS Publishes Final Sunshine Act Regulations

The long-awaited final rule (the Final Rule) implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) has arrived at the Federal Register. It amends key definitions and adds new terms; retains broad reporting...more

Stakeholders Call for Final Sunshine Act Rule

On January 14, 2013, a group of stakeholders, including the AARP and the AFL-CIO, urged the Obama Administration to issue the long-awaited final rule (the “Final Rule”) implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (the...more

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