Make sure you are properly registered to review data reported by manufacturers before that information is open for all to see. Registration is a two-step process you must complete before Sept. 30 when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) makes your interactions with pharmaceutical and medical device companies available online, as required by the Physician Payment Sunshine Act.
You can register through the CMS Enterprise Portal here; that registration opened June 1. Step two of the access process – registration in the CMS Open Payments system – is scheduled to begin in early July.
CMS has missed a host of deadlines stipulated in the law and its regulations, according to the AMA. And the pharmaceutical and medical device industries database has yet to be completed. Because of these glitches, you are urged to register and review your data for accuracy prior to publication.
To ease the process, the AMA has created an online “Physician Sunshine Act Tool Kit” that provides a variety of resources, including a free webinar, a list of important dates, answers to frequently asked questions, information about how to challenge incorrect reports and ways to be more transparent with patients about their interactions with the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Find the toolkit, available to AMA members and non-members, at the AMA website.
The Sunshine Act requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologicals that participate in U.S. federal health care programs to report certain payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals.