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ONLINE PHYSICIAN PAYMENT SUNSHINE ACT TRAINING COURSE

Course Description


A normal course of business has taken on new interest and led to the creation of a new act of Congress.

For many years, it has been usual practice for pharmaceutical companies to compensate physicians and teaching hospitals for a number of services such as research, consulting, teaching, marketing and promotion.

However, in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act, Congress enacted the Physician Payment Sunshine Act — also known as the Sunshine Act — to make these payments known to the public. The purpose of the new transparency is to enable healthcare consumers to assess how the payments might influence physician research and decisions about patient medical care.

Under the Act, pharmaceutical companies are obligated to report payments and transfers of value worth as little as $10. As of August 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adopted implementing regulations for the Act that require pharmaceutical companies to begin gathering such data.

The Cintas, 30-minute online Sunshine Act training course shares and explains the rules for proper reporting under this transparency law. Content covers the reporting of payments and other transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals, as well as physician investment or ownership interests. The course helps employees understand the Sunshine Act's detailed reporting requirements by providing a guide to the full range of reportable forms, types and categories of reportable payments. It also identifies payments that are exempt from the reporting requirements.

The course includes quizzes, news briefs and real-world compliance issues that employees must learn to recognize and respond to appropriately. Topics include:

  • Comprehensive look at the Sunshine Act
  • Essential terminology
  • Which disclosures are required?
  • Payments — the basics
  • Payments — non-reportable
  • Payments — research
  • Investment interests of physicians
  • Non-compliance and resulting penalties



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