The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing its efforts to inform interested parties on its National Physician Payment Transparency Program (Program). The Program implements the Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the “Sunshine Act.”  The Sunshine Act requires applicable manufacturers of covered drugs, devices, biological products, and medical supplies to report annually certain information regarding payments and other transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals. An additional provision requires applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to report all ownership and investment interests held by physicians or members of their families.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, CMS will hold a conference call to discuss the Program. The target audience for this conference call are physicians and teaching hospitals. The conference call will provide an overview of the final regulations, a review of key dates for the Program, the role of physicians and teaching hospitals in the Program, and resources available to physicians and teaching hospitals.

As defined in the final regulations, a “teaching hospital” is “any institution that received a payment under 1886(d)(5)(B), 1886(h), or 1886(s) of the Act during the last calendar year for which such information is available.” CMS recently posted the list of teaching hospitals on its National Physician Payment Transparency Program: Open Payments website. This list identifies hospitals that are considered “teaching hospitals” under the Sunshine Act. Additionally, for the purposes of the Sunshine Act, the term “physician” includes the following practitioners who are legally authorized to practice by the State in which they practice:

  • Doctors of Medicine
  • Doctors of Osteopathy
  • Dentists
  • Podiatrists
  • Optometrists
  • Chiropractors

The conference call will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Interested parties may register for the conference call by visiting CMS’ website:

CMS has indicated that the presentation for the conference call will be posted on its website at least one day prior to the call, and will be emailed to registrants on the day of the call