The AAAAI joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and various other physician organizations to express support for H.R. 293. This bill would clarify that certain applicable manufacturer transfers of value to support independent medical educational programs and materials are exempt from reporting under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Read the letter of support that was sent to the Honorable Michael Burgess, MD.
In August 2014, AAAAI was among 112 state and specialty medical societies who signed on to an American Medical Association (AMA) letter that called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reconsider how it is rolling out the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, also known as the Open Payments program. It urges CMS to maintain the continuing medical education reporting exclusion and reconsider its decision not to exclude journal article reprints from Sunshine Act reporting. The letter also urges CMS to postpone the public data release so physicians have more time to complete the cumbersome registration, review and dispute process.
Read the full AMA letter
Sunshine Act Clarification Legislation Support Letter »
Have You Reviewed Your Information?
There are three important Sunshine Act steps to take by September 8, 2014.
• First, complete the e-verification process via the CMS Enterprise Portal (EIDM).
• Next, register in the Open Payments system within the EIDM.
• Third, review and dispute data by September 8 for it be flagged in the initial public release on September 30.
Access the AMA’s Sunshine Act webpage for more detailed instructions on how to register in the Open Payments Systems. You can also download the AMA’s Sunshine Act toolkit for practical information on navigating the September 30 public data release.
Share your experiences with registering and reviewing your data in the Open Payments system by sending an email to OpenPayments@ama-assn.org.