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October 13, 2015

Americas: Docs Still at Meetings Despite Sunshine Act

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StethoscopeSince 2014, The Physician Open Payments program, commonly referred to as the Sunshine Act and now an element of The Affordable Care Act, has required the healthcare industry to adhere to a wide-ranging and complex transparency program to track the transfers of value between life sciences manufacturers and healthcare professionals, and to report these payments publicly on the Open Payments Website. The regulation was put into place to raise public awareness of the financial relationships between HCPs and life sciences manufacturers, and reduce what some industry critics fear has been an undue influence by those organizations upon medical practitioners. But it leaves many concerned that it could do more harm than good.

Especially since the data itself is not without issues. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, a group of Johns Hopkins University researchers have objected to the way in which value is assigned to individual research investigators.

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