Polaris Insights Blog

David E. Mann, Would You Have Identified Him Correctly?

Posted by Ben Carmel

Aug 15, 2014 6:12:30 PM

The “Dr. David E. Mann Mistake” Shut Down the CMS Open Payments Website – Would You Have Identified Him Correctly?

On August 4th, it was reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had temporarily suspended the open payments verification system after at least one doctor, Dr. David E. Mann, an electrophysiologist in Louisville, KY, discovered payments attributed to him that were actually for an entirely different David E. Mann, an oncologist in Crestview, FL.

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Topics: Auditing, Aggregate Spend, Open Payments, CMS

CMS Shuts Down Open Payments Portal

Posted by Ben Carmel

Aug 5, 2014 1:17:45 PM

Part way through the 45 day review and dispute period, CMS has announced a shut down of their Open Payments Portal due to issues with HCP related data assignment.

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Topics: Aggregate Spend, Open Payments, CMS, Global Transparency

Draft of New EFPIA Disclosure Template for UK Spend

Posted by Greg Hawley

Aug 1, 2014 5:58:20 PM

ABPI’s New Draft of its EFPIA Disclosure Code Reporting Template Suggests New Upcoming Requirements for Disclosure in the UK

Polaris has obtained a copy of a new draft reporting template that ABPI has recently issued to at least some of its member companies for consultation. The template is based on, and very similar to, the Standardized Model Template that EFPIA published in 2013 (the “EFPIA template”), when it released the Disclosure Code. This British version (the “ABPI Template”), however, requires more detailed collection and reporting of HCP/O demographic information, and requires itemized reporting for each HCO payment.

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Topics: Open Payments, EFPIA, Global Transparency, ABPI, UK

Yesterday's CMS Open Payments Review & Dispute Resolution Process Call

Posted by Alice Dong

Jul 23, 2014 11:50:38 AM

Updates from Yesterday's National Provider Call on the CMS Open Payments Review & Dispute Resolution Process

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UK Follows the Central Portal Trend In Global Transparency

Posted by Greg Hawley

Jul 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

As reporting earlier by the Polaris Insights Blog, reports indicate that that trend towards central transparency portals may continue in the UK. In accordance with the EFPIA Disclosure Code, ABPI member companies must disclose information on most payments to British HCPs and HCOs, beginning on January 1, 2015 (with first publication due June 30, 2016).

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What you need to know about the 2013 Open Payments dispute process

Posted by Ben Carmel

Jul 15, 2014 1:15:20 PM

 

With the official Open Payments 2013 dispute process kicking off yesterday, Polaris wanted to share some insight gained through conversations with individuals at CMS.

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Topics: Open Payments, CMS, Global Transparency

France Opens French Sunshine Online Portal to General Public

Posted by Greg Hawley

Jul 14, 2014 1:31:48 PM

 

Late last month, the French Health Ministry opened access to the French Sunshine database (entitled the Base des Données Publique Transparence) to the general public. The database contains records of all benefits, valued at over 10 Euros, paid by life sciences companies to a wide spectrum of French HCPs and HCOs, since January 1, 2012. Information regarding agreements with those HCPs and HCOs during that time period is also accessible on the website.

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Topics: Global Transparency, Bertrand

Looking back on week 1 of the CMS Aggregate Spend data submission

Posted by Ben Carmel

Jun 13, 2014 3:40:46 PM

With Week 1 of the CMS Open Payments data submission almost complete, Polaris takes a look at how we spent our week.

Hopefully everyone has been busy registering and submitting/reviewing data with CMS this week, and now that the first week is coming to a close, the Polaris team wanted to share some quick observations from across our client base.

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Topics: Aggregate Spend, Open Payments, CMS, Global Transparency

CBI Aggregate Spend West Conference Highlights

Posted by Russell Hirschorn

May 30, 2014 11:28:08 AM

CBI Aggregate Spend West Conference Highlights: Painful Adjustments to New Regulatory Realities

CBI’s 5th Annual Sunshine and Aggregate Spend West conference held in San Diego shed light on the many pain points life sciences organizations have faced, and continue to face in modifying corporate processes and procedures to accommodate for data collection and reporting activities as required by the Federal Sunshine Act.

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New CMS Phase 2 Guidelines

Posted by Alice Dong

May 28, 2014 4:49:43 PM

Manufacturers Finally Receive Long Awaited Phase 2 Reporting Guidelines from CMS Providing Limited Data Testing Options

 

Phase 2 Open Payments submission guidelines and timelines were issued last week by CMS as manufacturers try to get through final reporting hurdles over the coming weeks. The new guidelines come on the heels of CMS guidance earlier this month where it updated its reporting template requirements for Phase 2.

 

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