Why CMS Should Repeal the Change in the CME Exemption

This proposal is bad for both patients and healthcare providers and needs some TLC to get it back to where it protects against tracking free speech.

The Physician Open Payments Act (formerly known as the Sunshine Act) requires pharmaceutical and device companies to report certain transfers of value they make to physicians. Currently, the act has a continuing medical education “exemption,” meaning that payments to CME providers that ultimately fund speaker fees and attendee tuition do not have to be reported. To qualify, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Medical Association, the American Osteopath

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