Exposed! : Secret Medical Device Payments to Doctors
The Women’s Health Activist
By Wells Wilkinson FiDA highlight
On August 1, 2013, a new law went into effect that’s intended to protect patients and improve the public perception of medicine and the health care system. No, it’s not the new health care system, sometimes called “Obamacare.” But it was enacted as part of health care reform. ThePhysician Payments Sunshine Act (PPSA), originally proposed by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ed Kohl (D-WI), is intended to disclose any conflicts of interest arising from drug and device industries’ financial relationships with, or marketing to, physicians.
Lead legislative sponsor and champion Sen. Grassley praised the final implementation of the PPSA, saying: “Disclosure brings about accountability, and accountability will strengthen the credibility of medical research, the marketing of ideas and, ultimately, the practice of medicine.”1
The law creates the “Open Payments Program,” which requires the drug and device industry to record, and report to the federal government, nearly every payment or gift to any doctor or teaching hospital. The Federal government will make this information public in a searchable on-line database beginning on September 30, 2014; the database will be updated by June 30th each year thereafter.
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