American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Physician Payments Sunshine Act

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, known as CMS’ Open Payments, is a provision in the Affordable Care Act that will make information about interactions between physicians and biopharmaceutical and medical technology companies available to the public.

AOA Physician Payments Sunshine Act Fact Sheet.pdf View our fact sheet on what physicians need to know about the Sunshine Act

Working with biopharmaceutical and medical companies gives osteopathic physicians access to new cutting-edge treatments and technologies and important information about safety issues. To ensure patients understand how these interactions add value to patient care, the AOA and other organizations have urged CMS to provide detailed context for Sunshine Act data.

Review Your Data

Here's what physicians and teaching hospitals need to do to review their information before it's posted on the CMS website:

checkbox.jpgFirst, register with the CMS Enterprise Portal. It's voluntary, but necessary if you want to review your data. You should also validate your state licensing information to be sure it's accurate before starting the review process.

register.jpgNext, register with the Open Payments System. This will allow you to review data submitted by manufacturers and dispute any inaccuracies prior to public posting.

review.jpgIf necessary, review and dispute specific reported payments. If you dispute information and it's not corrected during the correction period, it will still be published, but marked as 'disputed.'

 

 CMS Resources

 
 

 AOA Comment Letters to CMS

 

The AOA is monitoring developments and implementation of the Open Payments system.  The AOA has expressed several concerns to CMS, particularly regarding the review and dispute process:

Aug. 22, 2014: Serious concerns with Open Payments System (joint letter with AACOM)

June 2, 2014: Registration, attestation, dispute & resolution, assumptions document and data retention requirements for open payments

Feb. 17, 2012: Transparency reports and reporting of physician ownership or investment interests

 

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