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CMS hosts Sunshine Act webinars Nov. 19-20

Washington—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is conducting Sunshine Act webinars Nov. 19-20 to introduce features of the searchable public website "Open Payments" currently in development.

The Sunshine Act requires that certain companies providing payments, gifts, food, education and other "transfers" to dentists and other covered providers submit annual reports to the federal government with information about each recipient and what was provided. The government will post the information at the Open Payments website. Dental practices have no reporting obligations unless they meet the definition of a company that is required to report. Association members may access more information at ADA.org.

CMS invites webinar participation by interested professionals, associations and societies and practice managers:

• Nov. 19 noon-1 pm EST webinar for CMS Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta regions 1-4, which cover 21 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; webinar link; dial-in 1-877-267-1577; meeting ID number (no password required) 998 023 973.

• Nov. 20 webinar 1-2 pm EST for CMS Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City and Denver regions 5-8, which cover 21 states; webinar link; dial-in 1-877-267-1577; meeting ID number (no password required) 997 589 431.

CMS conducted an Open Payments webinar Nov.14 for San Francisco and Seattle regions 9-10, including eight states and the Pacific Territories. More information on the Open Payments website is posted at cms.gov.

ADA members may access Open Payments website information and other Sunshine Act FAQs for dentists at ADA.org. Reproduction of this material by member dentists and their staff for use in the dental office is permitted. Any other use, duplication or distribution by any other party requires the prior written approval of the American Dental Association.