CMS Clouds Stance On Open Payments Exemption

Law360, New York (December 16, 2014, 7:32 PM EST) -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday injected fresh confusion into its Open Payments program, seeming to contradict a recent regulation by suggesting that drug and device makers may have to disclose many payments to medical education groups.

New agency guidance covers certain payments that manufacturers and group purchasing organizations give to continuing medical education suppliers, which in turn pass some of that money to doctors as speaking fees. Under the guidance, manufacturers would have to disclose certain payments if they learn the identity of paid speakers during a reporting year or within the first half of a subsequent...

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