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CME Coalition Open Payments Action Center Available to Submit Your Comments on the CMS Proposal to Eliminate Open Payments Reporting Exemption for Accredited CME
The September 2, 5:00 PM deadline is quickly approaching to submit your comments to CMS regarding the Sunshine Act/Physician Payments reporting exemption for accredited continuing medical education (CME). The CME Coalition's Open Payments Action Center is an online portal which includes draft comments that can be customized to make it easier to submit your comments to CMS.
Medicines Australia Code of Conduct
Medicines Australia Code of Conduct is similar to the United States' version of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, however ever there are some significant differences that set them apart. Transparency is an ever-increasing challenge in our industry and apparently there is no exception to this rule in Australia. If the proposed changes are approved, the new Code will come into effect in January 2015, with the new transparency reporting starting October 1, 2015.
Are You Complying with Canada’s New Anti-Spam Rules?
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) went into effect as of July 1, 2014 and there is no need to panic providing you educate yourself and your organization. In this case, the CASL includes an "implied consent” provision that should permit organizations to send commercial emails to members and others with whom they have an existing relationship.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: CMS Plans to Eliminate CME Exemption Under Physician Payments Sunshine Act - Some Speaker Compensation Under "Indirect Payment" Could Still Be Excluded - Comments Due to CMS by September 2
On July 3, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. The 609-page document proposes a number of changes to the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, including deleting the specific exemption for payments made to speakers at accredited continuing medical education (CME) events.
INDUSTRY, PHYSICIANS, AND TEACHING HOSPITALS: Open Payments Review and Dispute Process - July 14 to August 27, 2014
The Open Payments review, dispute and correction process runs from July 14 to August 27 (end date). The process spans a total of 60 days. The initial 45-day period (July 14 through August 27) is for physicians and teaching hospitals to review and initiate any disputes regarding the data reported about them by applicable manufacturers and applicable GPOs. The remaining 15-day period (August 28 through September 11) is additional time that has been provided to industry to submit dispute corrections.
Physician Payment Sunshine: Minnesota Expands Reporting "Practitioner” Definition To Physician Assistants, APRNs, and Dental Therapists
At the urging of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, the Minnesota legislature passed legislation, which one section requires drug manufacturers to report payments to physician assistants, APRNs, and dental therapists. These entities are excluded from the Federal Physician Payments Sunshine reporting obligations. This follows a trend we recently reported about in Connecticut of states broadening their reporting laws from the already burdensome requirements of the Open Payments (Sunshine Act).
What do a Pharmaceutical company, a healthcare Association and a Cardiologist Have in Common? Three Perspectives on the Value of Virtual Congress Platforms that Align Perfectly.
Face-to-face meetings cannot be replaced and those of us immersed in the healthcare convention marketing, exhibitions and events industry know this instinctively. However, in this day and age when buzz words and phrases such as efficiency, reduce costs, extend reach, ROI, and the list goes on and on, ring in our ears like an earworm…there is growing evidence that the value of virtual congress platforms extends the online reach for live events.
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Kerry Durgin, PlatformQ Health and Laine Mann, Pfizer, will present The Value of Virtual Congress: A Case Study Showing How You Can Enhance Your Presence at Live Events during Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 22 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
HCEA Member Spotlight
HCEA is turning the Spotlight on HCEA members. Each interview allows you the opportunity to get to know your colleagues within the HCEA community, inspires future HCEA professionals and leaders, and strengthens awareness of the diversity of professions within our industry.
Read This Month's Member Spotlight.