Polaris Insights Blog

Polaris named in CIO Review's 20 most promising compliance providers

Posted by Ben Carmel

Oct 7, 2014 11:04:13 AM

Our founder, Andy Bender, was featured in CIO Review's special feature on 20 most promising Compliance Technology Solutions Providers in the world.  Andy outlines why offering consulting services for life sciences companies makes Polaris a better technology firm.  The article also describes our HCP Interaction Portal (HIP), which has been adopted by 5 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies and 2 of the top 5 med device companies.

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Topics: Compliance Advisory

News Coverage of CMS Open Payments Data

Posted by Alice Dong

Oct 6, 2014 12:35:32 PM

Since the release of CMS Open Payments data on September 30th, numerous news reports have cast a light on the size of payments from pharmaceutical and device companies to physicians and Teaching Hospitals. Articles have focused on the amount of a payment without providing much context to either the purpose of the engagement or to what a highly qualified physician’s time is objectively worth.

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Colombia Joins The International Transparency Movement

Posted by Dakota Gallivan

Oct 6, 2014 10:57:13 AM

Recently, Colombia’s Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued a draft resolution outlining new measures regarding interactions between health care practitioners and the life sciences industry. Following examples set by the Physicians Payment Sunshine Act in the United States and EFPIA in the EU, Colombia’s goal is to create financial transparency between pharma/device companies and physician interactions. While a relative newcomer in the global transparency arena, Colombia does not appear to be content with adapting legislation Europe and the United States have developed, but rather looks to expand reporting requirements even further.

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What can we begin to learn from CMS Open Payments data?

Posted by Alice Dong

Oct 1, 2014 9:11:17 PM

For the first time, yesterday, CMS, as part of Open Payments transparency, published the detailed report of payments from applicable manufacturers and GPOs to physicians and teaching hospitals. This data, comprised of 4.4 million payments/transfers of value, valued at approximately $3.5 billion, represents payments and transfers of value made between August 1 and December 31, 2013. A large amount of submitted data, however, has not been published in full detail either due to unresolved disputes between manufacturers and recipients or because of yet to be corrected data.

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

How Could Scottish Independence Impact Life Sciences Compliance?

Posted by Greg Hawley

Sep 17, 2014 12:12:00 PM


The world this week is eagerly waiting to hear whether Scots will vote for independence on Thursday. With polls currently too close to call, people inside and out of the UK are asking themselves “what if?” and what would be the impact of Scottish independence to their lives and their industries?

 

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Topics: Aggregate Spend, EFPIA, Global Transparency, HCP Engagement, FMV, ABPI, UK

An End To CMS Open Payments Disputes, But What Next?

Posted by Ben Carmel

Aug 27, 2014 2:36:00 PM

As the CMS Open Payments Review and Dispute window for 2013 data comes into its final stretch, the industry is left looking for answers and scratching our collective heads for next steps.  Sure everyone knows that data must be resubmitted based on any disputes that HCP/Os logged, but what about all of the missing data?

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

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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