In a major reversal of policy, CMS wants industry to report payments to physicians for continuing medical education. The move would eliminate from the Physician Payment Sunshine Act the current exemption for CME.
Initially CMS’s proposal for implementation of the Sunshine Act required industry to report payments to physicians for CME programs. But after considerable debate and lobbying from industry, the final rule included an exemption. As a result, companies are not now required to report payments to speakers at accredited CME events as long as the companies don’t select the speakers or directly pay them.
CMS now appears to have changed its mind. Near the end of its list of proposed changes for next year, CMS is proposing to eliminate the exemption:
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After many long delays, CMS today released the final details of the Sunshine Act. Starting next September all pharmaceutical and device companies will be required to publicly report payments made to US physicians.
However, there is at least one very major exception to this requirement. Although the initial draft of the rules stated that payments made, directly or indirectly, to physicians speaking at continuing medical education (CME) programs would need to be reported, this part of the rule has now been substantially weakened. According to the final rule, companies will not be required to report payments to speakers at accredited CME events as long as the companies don’t select the speakers or directly pay them. In other words, accredited third party CME providers will be entirely exempt from reporting payments to speakers.
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