• Physician Payment Sunshine Law
  • September 6, 2013
  • Law Firm: Pullman Comley LLC - Bridgeport Office
  • How will the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect the business of health care? The physician payment sunshine provisions of the ACA provide for the creation of a public website that will contain information about payments made to physicians and teaching hospitals by manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, preparations and supplies covered by Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

    The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) maintains that making this information public will deter inappropriate financial relationships that sometimes lead to increased health care costs.

    The current timetable calls for reports of data to HHS by March 31, 2014 and the availability of the data on the public website by September 30, 2014.

    Connecticut has its own statute that requires that pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers adopt a code of conduct consistent with a version of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA) “Code on Interaction with Healthcare Professionals” or AdvaMed’s “Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals.”

    The law does not ban any behavior not already prohibited by prior law.