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Have you been reported under the Sunshine Act?

The Sunshine Act is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.  This act went into effect in August of 2013 and requires the full disclosure of any payments (or transfers of value, i.e., lunches and dinners) made to physicians from pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

The spirit of the act is to have more transparency with regards to potential conflicts of interest created when physicians receive benefits from these industries.  From the patient’s perspective, they have the right to know if their physician is potentially being influenced to prescribe certain drugs or use particular devices based on gifts received.  There have been some studies that have suggested that this influence is real.

Data regarding these payments are made public yearly by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The full list of reportable payments includes:

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