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Open Payments


July 8, 2015  3:49 PM

New CMS data digs into big money paid to docs by manufacturers

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
AMA, CMS, Open Payments

Last year, manufacturers of drugs and other medical products, along with group purchasing organizations, spent $6.49 billion on U.S. physicians and teaching hospitals for such items as travel expenses, meals, entertainment, gifts, educational materials and participating on paid advisory...

August 13, 2014  1:36 PM

Office of Civil Rights readies second round of HIPAA audits

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, HIPAA compliance audits, OCR, Open Payments

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of Human Rights is preparing to launch a second, more ambitious round of HIPAA audits. For the first time the audits will include business associates of HIPAA covered entities. They also could result in enforcement penalties for...


July 16, 2014  2:13 PM

Doctors must register now to dispute Open Payments info

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
conflicts of interest, Open Payments, sunshine act, Transparency

It’s decision time for doctors. At least it is for those docs and teaching hospitals that will dispute or think they may want to dispute public postings of certain payments or items of value given to them by drug manufacturers and makers of medical and biomedical devices as stipulated by the


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