Tag Archives: Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs)

GAO Examines Hospital Reporting of GPO Fees

The GAO has issued a report, “Group Purchasing Organizations: Funding Structure has Potential Implications for Medicare Costs,” that examines the effects of group purchasing organization (GPO) contracting practices and their funding structure. The five GPOs in GAO’s review reported being predominately funded by administrative fees collected from vendors (totaling $2.3 billion in 2012), which were almost always … Continue Reading

Update on Sunshine Act “Open Payments” Public Data Review and Data Correction Deadline

CMS has released a beta version of its Open Payments search tool, which is intended to facilitate public review of payments and transfers of value made by drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organization (GPOs) to physicians and teaching hospitals, as well as physician ownership information.  The tool allows the public to search identified … Continue Reading

CMS Invites Comments on Sunshine Act “Open Payments” Dispute Resolution/Corrections Process

CMS is inviting comments on the Physician Payment Sunshine Act “Open Payments Program” dispute resolution and corrections process. As previously reported, the Physician Payment Sunshine Act requires pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to register with and submit to CMS data on their financial relationships with physicians and teaching hospitals. This … Continue Reading

Will Physician Payment Sunshine Act Data Usher in a New Era of False Claims Act Litigation?

While attention has been focused on Medicare physician payment data released by CMS yesterday, upcoming Sunshine Act data will shine a new spotlight on financial relationships between physicians and pharmaceutical and medical device companies - with potential False Claims Act (FCA) implications. Specifically, last week marked the deadline for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to register with and submit aggregate 2013 payment and investment interest data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on certain financial relationships between themselves and physicians and teaching hospitals, as required by the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. In May, manufacturers and GPOs will be required to submit to CMS detailed 2013 payment data. With some exceptions, CMS will be making these data public by September 1, 2014. While the publicly-available data are intended to provide more transparency for patients, to allow them to have a better understanding of the financial relationships between physicians and pharmaceutical and medical device companies, patients will certainly not be the only group interested in this public information. It is likely that the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, Department of Justice, and relators' attorneys will utilize these data to initiate investigations and support complaints under the federal FCA.… Continue Reading

CMS Outlines 2013 “Sunshine Act” Open Payments Program Registration/Data Submission Process

This post was written by Katie C. Pawlitz. On February 7, 2014, CMS announced a two-phase registration and data submission process for the 2013 Open Payments Program, the reporting mechanism for the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. Under Phase I, which begins February 18, 2014 and runs through March 31, 2014, applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing … Continue Reading

CMS Releases Physician Payments Sunshine Act Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released late today its final rule implementing the physician payment transparency provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Section 6002), commonly referred to as the “Physician Payments Sunshine Act.” Among other things, the Act requires drug, device, biological or medical supply manufacturers to report payments or other … Continue Reading

GAO Reviews Oversight of Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs)

A recent GAO report describes federal oversight of GPOs, which negotiate contracts with vendors on behalf of hospitals and other providers. According to the GAO, since 2004, the HHS OIG has participated in two case investigations with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that involved allegations that certain GPOs did not comply with safe harbor requirements … Continue Reading

CMS Announces Data Collection for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act Will Not Be Required Before 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), tasked with implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, announced yesterday that it will not require pharmaceutical, device, and other applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to begin collecting reportable data before 2013.… Continue Reading

Overview and Analysis of the Proposed Federal Sunshine Regulations

On December 19, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") published a proposed rule (the "Proposed Rule") related to section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the "Physician Payment Sunshine Act" (so referenced herein, or as the "Act"). The Physician Payment Sunshine Act requires applicable manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals, or medical supplies covered under Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP to report annually to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services ("Secretary") certain payments or other transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals. Additionally, applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations ("GPOs") must report certain information regarding the ownership or investment interests in them that are held by physicians or their immediate family members.… Continue Reading

CMS Releases Long-Awaited Physician Payments Sunshine Act Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") released today a proposed rule implementing the physician payment transparency provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Section 6002), commonly referred to as the "Physician Payments Sunshine Act." Among other things, the Act requires drug, device, biological or medical supply manufacturers to report payments or other transfers of value to physicians and other covered recipients. In addition, the Act requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to report certain information regarding ownership or investment interests held by a physician in the manufacturer or GPO.… Continue Reading

ACA “Physician Payment Sunshine Act” Rule at OMB

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its long-awaited proposed rule to implement the Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership of Investment Interests (also called the Physician Payment Sunshine Act) provisions of the ACA. These provisions are intended to encourage greater … Continue Reading

GAO Report on GPO Services and Ethics Initiatives

The GAO has issued a report entitled, "Group Purchasing Organizations: Services Provided to Customers and Initiatives Regarding Their Business Practices." The report examines group purchasing organizations (GPOs) – entities that negotiate contracts with medical product vendors on behalf of health care providers. Specifically, the report examines: (1) the types of services that GPOs provide and how the GPOs fund … Continue Reading
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