Proposed rule would end Sunshine Act's CME exclusion


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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD, 21244, United States

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services intends to eliminate the exclusion for continuing medical education in the Open Payments program, more commonly known as the Sunshine Act, which requires drug and device companies to disclose payments to physicians.

The reversal was included in the proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2015, which also would make changes that would benefit primary-care medicine at the expense of payments to specialties.

The regulations also include a variety of changes to the Shared Savings Program for accountable care organizations, the Physician Quality Reporting System and the incentive program for electronic health records. And it would expand the array of telehealth services that qualify for Medicare reimbursement.

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