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Transfer of value reports to go public Sept. 30

Review-dispute process extended through Sept. 10

August 19, 2014

By Craig Palmer

Washington — Dentists can register to review and dispute through Sept. 10 any Sunshine Act reports that a company has submitted under the dentist's name. Earlier review-dispute deadlines were extended through Sept. 10. Companies then have an additional 15 days to attempt to resolve disputes and re-report any data that is changed.

However, the government is still planning to post the information on a searchable public Open Payments website beginning Sept. 30 as scheduled.

The Sunshine Act requires certain companies that provide payments, gifts, food, education and other "transfers of value" to dentists to report information to the government about each dentist and what was provided and to report ownership and investment interests held by dentists and their immediate family members.

Physicians, including dentists, and teaching hospitals can register in the Open Payments system to review and dispute data submitted by applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations during the first phase of a review, dispute and correction process that ended Aug. 27 before the several deadline extensions. After Sept. 10, industry “will analyze these disputes and work with physicians and teaching hospitals to come to agreement on any necessary corrections,” said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The ADA has prepared the Frequently Asked Questions to help members understand the implications of the Sunshine Act. The members-only FAQ can be found by visiting ADA.org, clicking on Member Center, then Member Benefits, then Legal Resources, then Publications and Articles, then Other Legal Issues, then The Sunshine Act FAQ.