American Medical News
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 22, 2013
The American Medical Association is providing a free, hour-long online program aimed at helping doctors prepare for implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Final regulations relating to the act were issued in February.
Drugmakers, device makers and other industry companies must start tracking their payments and gifts to physicians starting Aug. 1, 2013. Much of the information will be posted publicly starting Sept. 30, 2014.
As of February, more than half of doctors were unaware of the basic elements of the Sunshine Act, according to a survey of more than 1,000 physicians by the health technology company MMIS. To help physicians prepare, the AMA’s online educational program will cover which interactions are subject to reporting, which are excluded, and how physicians can ensure that the reporting is accurate.
The program will run online April 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. EDT. Registration is free at the AMA’s Online Learning Center (link). A recording of the program will be made available online at a later date. More resources on the Sunshine Act are available on an AMA website (link).