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Physicians have until Dec. 31 to dispute data for 2013

Have You Reviewed Your Sunshine Act Data for 2013? Act Now!

Physicians have until December 31 to initiate disputes about 2013 data reported on them under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. After January 1, they are still able to initiate disputes concerning these data, but it may take the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services six to 12 months before updating the public database.

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and biologicals that participate in U.S. federal health care programs (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid) to report certain payments and items of value above $10 given to physicians and teaching hospitals. Only medical residents are excluded. The initial round of reported information from 2013 was made public on September 30. To review and dispute data, physicians must be registered on the Open Payments Systems.

Those who are already registered are encouraged to review data reported about them; those who are not registered should visit APA's dedicated webpage and follow the step-by-step instructions to register today.

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