CMS Axes Sunshine CME Exclusion, But Most Payments Still Not Reported

CMS moved forward with plans to drop the continuing medical education (CME) exemption from the Open Payments Program (sunshine law) and clarified in the 2015 final physicians pay rule that, if manufacturers and GPOs that fund CME events don't have any say over who speaks or how the events use the money, then the payments don't have to be reported because they fall outside the definition of indirect payment. The vast majority of stakeholders had worried when CMS first proposed...

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