June 27, 2014
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Open Payments), a part of the Affordable Care Act, is requiring domestic drug and device manufacturers to report any payments made to physicians or academic medical centers to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), with certain exceptions.
As of June 1st, UTMB clinicians may begin registering with CMS so that they may review their payment information that will be made available for individual review
July 1st mid-July [per recent update from CMS], and publicly available in September 2014. It is important that physicians review their data starting in July to ensure the accuracy of data reported on CMS's website. UTMB's Conflicts of Interest office will be providing online materials and in-person training sessions to help faculty members understand their responsibilities under the regulations. Find a walkthrough of the physician registration process here.
The implementation of Open Payments is an important step towards greater transparency in the provision of health care services. I encourage each of you to familiarize yourself with the regulations and to register with CMS, which enables you to review data reported regarding your activities.
If you have any specific questions regarding Open Payments or would like to request an in-person training session, please contact the COI office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS
Executive Vice President, Provost and
Dean of the School of Medicine
UTMB is dedicated to maintaining high standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability in our conduct, whether it involves research activities, clinical practice, institutional decision-making, or engaging in outside activities by our faculty and employees.
The Conflict of Interest Program within UTMB's Office of Institutional Compliance supports outside interactions of UTMB faculty, professional staff, students and employees with federal, state, and local governments, foundations and non-profit organizations, and with business and industry as important parts of their research, education, and public service activities.
However, the ever-increasing complexity of our society and the various relationships between faculty members and outside institutions require attention to ensure the avoidance of real or apparent conflict of interest issues.
On this site you will find helpful information and links to relevant UTMB policies and guidance governing conflicts of interest and ethical standards of conduct, as well as educational and training resources.
For more information regarding new IHOP Policy 6.5.3, Individual Conflicts of Interest, Conflict of Commitment, and Outside Activities, please click on the links below: