Sunshine Act Updates—Physician Registration Information

Physicians must complete Phase 1 of the CMS registration process by June 30, 2014, if they wish to review their personal financial information before it is made publically available on Sept. 30, 2014.

On September 30, 2014, financial information about physicians that is reported by manufacturers pursuant to the “Physician Sunshine Act” of the Affordable Care Act will be aggregated and posted online. In addition to ownership interests held by physicians and their immediate family members, the following categories of remuneration received by physicians and teaching hospitals from manufacturers will be disclosed: consulting fees, compensation for services other than consulting, honoraria, gifts, entertainment, food, travel and lodging, education, research, charitable contribution, royalty or license, and direct compensation for serving as faculty for a medical education program. A comprehensive list of the types of financial information that will be made publically available on the CMS website can be found here: http://cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/National-Physician-Payment-Transparency-Program/index.html

Physicians will have a limited opportunity to review the data before it is published on the public website. In order to review the data and dispute inaccuracies, physicians must complete a two-phased registration process on CMS’s website. If a physician does not complete the registration process outlined by CMS, he or she will be unable to review the data before it is published online.

On June 1, 2014, CMS released detailed instructions for physicians to register with CMS’s Enterprise Identity Management System. This is the first phase of the two-phased registration process. The next phase of the registration process will become available in July of 2014. As information becomes available, you will be updated on Phase 2 of the registration process. To complete Phase 1 of the CMS registration process, click here to visit the “New User Registration” link on the right side of the screen.

For background information on this new federal regulation, visit the following resources:

Previously published Vital Signs announcements include:  

Note:  For purposes of this regulation, a “physician” is any of the following types of professionals that are legally authorized to practice, regardless of whether they are Medicare, Medicaid, or Children's health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers:

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Doctor of Dentistry
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Doctor of Podiatry
  • Doctor of Optometry
  • Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

 

For questions, contact Leeanne Walker, JD, Director, Compliance & Research Integrity (leeanne_walker@med.unc.edu).

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