With 27 days remaining for physicians to contest the accuracy of reports on payments and items of value received from drug, biological and medical device manufacturers, the American Medical Association reminds members of helpful resources on its website.
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, part of the healthcare reform law, requires manufacturers to disclose financial relationships with physicians. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will collect and publicly post the information, starting September 30, 2014, under what it calls the Open Payments Program.
That means physicians now should be checking the validity of reports about them, as the deadline to dispute items is August 27. The AMAs Sunshine Act website walks physicians through completing a two-phase CMS registration process to access reports about them and then how to dispute any inaccuracies.
The AMA also has web resources to aid physicians when they are engaging in group practice employment negotiations. Included is a model physician-group practice employment agreement.
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