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Sunshine Act

The Sunshine Act requires that detailed information about payments and other “transfers of value” worth over $10 from manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologics to physicians and teaching hospitals be made available to the public. A physician is defined as a M.D., D.O., D.D./D.D.M., D.D.S., D.P.M., O.D. and D.C.P. who is licensed in any state in the U.S., whether or not they are practicing. The act does not affect faculty and staff members who are not physicians. The act has implications for Johns Hopkins physicians who consult, serve on scientific advisory boards, or engage in other compensated activity in a personal capacity for manufacturers of drugs, devices or biologics.  Details of the compensation for these activities, including the purpose of the payment, are posted on a publicly accessible website that is maintained by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Physicians may review and, if necessary, dispute reported payments. Individual physicians, not the physician's employer, are responsible for reviewing the accuracy of reported data and submitting disputes if the data are inaccurate.

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