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FAQs: Physician Payments Sunshine Act

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UPDATE 2021: Following statutory changes in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments database will expand coverage to include five new provider types: physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologist assistants, and certified nurse-midwives.  The expanded coverage begins on January 1, 2021.  Information collected during 2021 will be reported beginning June 30, 2022.

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act was designed with the objective of creating transparency for financial interests of physicians and newly added covered recipients including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologist assistants, and certified nurse-midwives. However, inconsistent reporting of financial interests has the potential to diminish public trust in academic and research institutions, specifically when there are inconsistencies between information reported to the federal government versus the information disclosed to the University.

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act, under the Affordable Healthcare Act (Public Law 111-148, Section 6002), placed obligations for public disclosure of payments and financial interests made to physicians by manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals, and medical supplies as well as group purchasing organizations (GPOs). The information has been collected by and was made publically available by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments database. The database is updated annually on June 30.

As a physician or covered provider, there is information about the Act with which you should be aware. You are strongly encouraged to cooperate with CMS, manufacturers, and GPOs to ensure accurate reporting of your financial interests and payments made to you that are publically disclosed on the CMS website.

The University requires that your disclosure of non-University activities be consistent with the information reported in the CMS database. Below is information on what you must do to comply with the University’s Policy on Conflict of Commitment and Interest.