What Is . . . The Physician Payments Sunshine Act or "Open Payments"?
This guide provides a detailed overview of the Sunshine Act, transparency initiatives, and related implications associated with increased attention on physician-industry relationships. Section II provides background and the legislative history of the Sunshine Act. Section III provides a detailed summary and analysis of the technical statutory and regulatory requirements manufacturers and group purchasing organizations must abide by to comply with the law. Section IV analyzes the Sunshine Act's regulatory requirements as they may impact other healthcare fraud and abuse and compliance obligations and requirements, including the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act. Section IV.C provides an overview of related state transparency laws and gift ban laws, including how such provisions are preempted under the Sunshine Act. Section V offers a brief overview of CMS's first data release on the Open Payments website and discusses potential issues and future concerns for all stakeholders moving forward.