CMS Payment Data Website May Stop Some FCA Claims

Law360, New York (October 3, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT) -- In health care, there is such a thing as a free lunch, oftentimes given to providers by pharmaceutical manufacturers in exchange for a physician’s time and ear. However, since Sept. 30, information on those free lunches — and other transfers of value from manufacturers to physicians — has been publicly available on the Internet.

This week marks the launch of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Open Payments website. The website, created pursuant to the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, contains data reported to CMS by...
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