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April 2015: CMS Sunshine Act Update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services developed the Open Payments Program to comply with the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act). This requires CMS to publicly report data on items of value that are given to physicians and teaching hospitals on an annual basis. 

Physicians can register in the Open Payments System and review their 2014 CY data beginning Monday, April 6th. The official 45-day review and dispute period runs from April 6th – May 20th. Disputes that are initiated by May 20th will be flagged in the public release on June 30th. Please direct your members to the AMA website for step-by-step instructions on how to register and review their Open Payments data. 

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