The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act), which is part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 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. Manufacturers will submit the reports to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis. In addition, manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) must report certain ownership interests held by physicians and their immediate family members.
The majority of the information contained in the reports will be available on a public, searchable website. Physicians have the right to review their reports and to challenge those reports that are false, inaccurate, or misleading.
September 12, 2013
Do you partake of the meals or beverages provided by pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturers at medical conferences or CME events? Have manufacturers offered you a "free" medical textbook or dropped off lunches at your medical office?
While these transactions are not illegal, the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA) now requires pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to report physicians who receive textbooks and most meals, beverages, or other items of value from them to CMS, so that CMS can make the physicians' names and mention of the items they accept public on a CMS website. Regulations implementing the "Sunshine Act" are complex, and the APA encourages members to learn more about the PPSA by participating in one of two PPSA webinars.
During the one hour PPSA webinar, the APA's General Counsel and Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs will explain the PPSA, including the law's reporting requirements and exclusions, as well as how physicians can monitor the transactions in which they are reported. There will be an opportunity for Questions and Answers. For more information on how you may be impacted by the Sunshine Act, visit the APA's PPSA webpage at www.psychiatry.org/sunshineact.