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Second Year of Physician Payments Sunshine Act Begins

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Second Year of Physician Payments Sunshine Act Begins

Second Year of Physician Payments Sunshine Act Begins

Date: 04/01/2015

Part of the Affordable Care Act, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, also known as Open Payments, aims to increase transparency between health care manufacturers and consumers. It requires all manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologics to submit reports of payments made to physicians and teaching hospitals.

The second year of the program has begun, covering transactions in 2014. Physicians have a 45-day period, starting April 6, to review the reported data and dispute any incorrect information before the data are made public on June 30 in a searchable database on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website. The dispute period will end on or about May 20. 

Companies are required to identify up to five principal investigators on research projects they sponsored, even though payments are not made to individual physicians. CMS uses its own criteria to define principal investigators, so co-investigators may also be identified.

Johns Hopkins physicians are urged to review their data promptly so there is sufficient time to dispute inaccuracies. Physicians can register to view their payment data on the CMS Open Payments website. Data reported by companies for the second year of implementation will cover all 12 months of 2014, whereas the first year of implementation covered only five months. This may result in an increase in the amount of data that needs to be reviewed. Updates are published on the Office of Policy Coordination’s website

Physicians may be required to create a new password. Solutions to password reset issues are available in the Open Payments Quick Reference Guide. Information about the review and dispute process is available on the CMS website. Additional information is also available on the Office of Policy Coordination’s website. Physicians with questions are encouraged to contact the Office of Policy Coordination at sunshine@jhmi.edu or 410-516-5560.