AADA urges passage of bill exempting CME from Sunshine Act AADA, along with more than 100 medical societies, is encouraging Congress to pass legislation that would exempt certain Continuing Medical Education (CME) publications from reporting requirements under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. If passed, the law would provide a clarification, noting that physicians will have access to the most up-to-date medical evidence and materials. Under the current regulations, educational materials, medical textbooks and scientific journals are subject to reporting requirements, potentially delaying physician uptake of the latest medical advances. The bill allows for more rapid provider access to peer-reviewed publications, which helps physicians to adopt the latest evidence-based medicine for patient care. Read the AADA's letter of support.
Commonly referred to as the Sunshine Act, the National Physician Payment Transparency Program was established as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and is intended to create greater transparency about the financial relationships between drug and device manufacturers and health care providers.
As part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Open Payments program, industry is required to track and report payments to physicians and teaching hospitals beginning Aug. 1, 2013. However, dermatologists are also advised to track payments they receive from industry for verification purposes.
CMS will post the information that industry provides on the Open Payments public website, which anyone will be able to access on Sept. 30, 2014. Those in industry who do not comply can face penalties of $1 million or more. Expand the menu items below to learn more about this program.