Sunshine Act (Open Payments), Reporting, Advertising

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), requires that data on payments and gifts made to physicians and teaching hospitals by medical device and pharmaceutical companies be publicly available on a searchable federal database. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) oversees the release of these data, which have been collected since 2013, under what it is calling the "Open Payments Program." Physicians and teaching hospital representatives can register on the CMS Enterprise Portal to dispute information reported by industry that they believe to be inaccurate or incomplete. AAOS strongly encourages members to register and review your data.

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) supports public reporting as a means to empower patients and increase transparency and accountability of providers. It is critical that the measures reported be reliable, actionable, meaningful, and appropriately risk adjusted. In addition, the orthopaedic surgeon who misleads through advertising may prevent a patient from making informed decisions about important health care matters. 

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