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Thomas Sullivan
Columbia, Maryland
Former political consultant who founded Rockpointe, Inc. a bio-medical education company in 1995.
Interests: marketing, politics, baseball, cycling, medicine, university of florida sports, medical education, track and cross country, driving kids to various practices
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Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the second year of Open Payments data, detailing the transfers of value made from pharmaceutical and device manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals in 2014. The top line total has received... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today published 2014 Open Payments data about transfers of value by drug and medical device makers to health care providers. The data includes information about 11.4 million financial transactions attributed to over... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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Today, June 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is set to release the second year of Open Payments data, detailing in a searchable database the transfers of value drug and device manufacturers make to physicians and teaching... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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The Energy and Commerce Committee has announced that two hundred and thirty bipartisan members of Congress have added their names as co-sponsors of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, signaling the continued support for the bill. On May 21,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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Recently, we covered Thomas Stossel, M.D.’s new book, Pharmaphobia: How the Conflict of Interest Myth Undermines American Medical Innovation. The distinguished Harvard hematologist and research fights back against the “conflict of interest movement” as one that chills medical progress and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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Earlier this year, the Governor of Massachusetts, Charles Baker, signed an executive order initiating a “comprehensive review’ for all regulations enforced by the Executive Department. Only those regulations which are mandated by law or essential to the health, safety, environment,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut has announced that an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) practicing in the state has admitted to receiving $83,000 in kickbacks—mostly as a speaker at dinner programs—by an unnamed drug manufacturer. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the largest ever Medicare Fraud Strike Force sweep, with charges brought against 243 individuals for approximately $712 million in billings. More than 44 of the defendants arrested were charged with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen is criticizing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to expand the approved use of Vanda Pharmaceutical’s sleep disorder drug Hetlioz (tasimelteon), a melatonin receptor agonist, to treat non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder. The group argues the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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New legislation in New York would require healthcare professionals who prescribe pain medication to complete three hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) on addiction and pain management every two years. Sponsors say it will be an outgrowth of the state's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced yesterday an unprecedented nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 17 districts, resulting in charges against 243 individuals, including 46 doctors,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Keeping track of the Food and Drug Administration’s enforcement of advertising and promotion of drugs, devices, and biologics is a challenging task that requires constant monitoring. At this year’s 2015 DIA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, FDA representatives from the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Over 100 physician organizations have written to Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) expressing their “strong support” for H.R. 293, a bill that would clarify that certain applicable manufacturer transfers of value to support independent medical educational... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce and House Ways and Means Committees on Monday sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of the Fraud Prevention System (FPS) at the Centers for Medicare and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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In April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released over thirty Medicare Part D payment spreadsheets, containing millions of lines of data. Interested patients can download the document containing their doctor’s last name, and find out how often... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a fraud alert entitled “Physician Compensation Arrangements May Result in Significant Liability.” The OIG states that physicians who enter into “compensation arrangements such as medical... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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The June 2015 issue of Life Science Compliance Update, available with a subscription here, offers a compliance update for medical device manufacturers. Issue Summary In this month’s issue, you’ll find a thorough look at enforcement activity against device companies, as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Periodically since 2007, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) has released a “Scorecard,” ranking medical schools on how strict their policies are regarding interactions between their students and faculty and the pharmaceutical and device industries. The AMSA Scorecard is decidedly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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The 9th Annual Forum on Transparency & Aggregate Spend is the best attended and longest running transparency meeting providing the most up-to-date and robust intelligence available on how to streamline transparency reporting and use data analytics to improve compliance and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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With a full year’s worth of Sunshine Act information and data reported to CMS, manufacturers and related stakeholders will face a number technical, regulatory, and legal challenges associated with the posting of this information by CMS on the Open Payments... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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We recently wrote about the media’s coverage of the 2013 Open Payments data, noting the ease in which a government database emboldens journalists to imply misconduct. Although the Justice Department has not used information from the database to bring forward... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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At this year’s International Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress and Best Practices Forum, Robert Barrington, the Executive Director of Transparency International, presented on “Corruption in the Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Sector.” Transparency International (TI) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded to combat corruption,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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The Fifth Asia-Pacific Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress and Best Practices Forum will be held on August 17-18, 2015 in Manila, Philippines at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Participants may also choose to view the event through a live Internet webcast and will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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On May 22, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a study evaluating the financial and quality outcomes for each accountable care organization (ACO) within the Pioneer Accountable Care Model for 2012 and 2013. The Pioneer ACO was created under the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Graham McMahon, who began his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) last month, announced a new resource that CME providers and other stakeholders can use and distribute to communicate the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Policy and Medicine