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Coalition to CMS: Reprints, Medical Texts Are Not Sunshine Act Transfers of Value

Nov. 12, 2018 — As part of the Trump administration’s deregulatory approach, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened a period for comments on one aspect of the Sunshine Act—specifically, the reporting requirements for distribution of educational materials to physicians by industry. In its response to CMS, the Coalition for Healthcare Communication […]

CMS Clarifies Sunshine Act CME Exclusion

Oct. 6, 2016 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified in a revised FAQ that manufacturers that provide a payment or transfer of value to support continuing medical education (CME) but do not specify that the CME provider should offer payment to a specific physician speaker or faculty member would not […]

Medical Groups Ask CMS to Make Changes to Sunshine Act Implementation

Doctors Recommend Fixes to CME Exemption Elimination, Educational Materials Provision Aug. 6, 2014 – More than 100 medical associations and medical specialty societies have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider its “serious concerns with implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act,” which include revising CMS’ recently proposed elimination of the […]

CMS Proposes Eliminating CME Sunshine Act Exemption

July 7, 2014 – About 240 pages into the 600-page physician fee schedule proposed rule, which is due to be published July 11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed the elimination of the exemption from Sunshine Act reporting for continuing medical education (CME) supported by industry. “When so many other issues need […]

Medicare Doctor Payment Fix Legislation Is Best Vehicle for Sunshine Act Amendments

Feb. 10, 2014 – New legislation put forth last week by Committee leaders in both the House and Senate proposes a change to the Medicare physician payment system and could be a solid vehicle to which the publishing community can attach amendments to the Sunshine Act provisions. Specifically, industry is calling for medical textbooks and peer-reviewed […]

CMS: Textbooks and Reprints Do Not Fall Under Sunshine Act Statutory Exclusion

Jan. 10, 2014 – According to a recent article in Policy and Medicine, a letter from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to several members of Congress states that although CMS agrees that textbooks and medical reprints are educational, “‘we do not believe these materials fall within the statutory exclusion’” of […]