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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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Researchers at the University of Illinois and the Johns Hopkins University found that Medicare Part D's prescription drug program has reduced hospital visits among seniors. The study compared national records from before and after 2006, when Medicare Part D kicked... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Policy and Medicine
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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has been busy in 2014. By our count, OIG has issued about 15 corporate integrity agreements (CIAs) so far this year. OIG negotiates CIAs with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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"Big pharma's relationship with your doctor needs some U.S.-style sunshine," argues Canada's largest national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. The authors, Andrew Boozary, Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Public Health Review and resident physician at the University of Toronto and Dr.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) plans to create a "Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus." Grassley's plan coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act, which he co-authored. Over the next six months, Grassley will discuss the caucus with colleagues and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has hosted two Sunshine Act webinars this week for physicians and other covered recipients. The presentation served as an introduction to the Open Payments system, but did not provide physicians any set... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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Pharmaceutical and device companies are on the hook for filing their first Sunshine Act reports this year. The 5th Aggregate Spend and Sunshine Conference will offer companies the opportunity to understand industry-wide lessons learned from filing, improve their compliance program... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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On April 9th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2012 Medicare billing information for individual doctors. Overall, the data cover $77 billion in billing involving 880,000 practitioners. Every major publication spotlighted the story, and most coverage... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released all of its Medicare billing data for individual physicians last week. The week before that—March 31st—pharmaceutical and device companies submitted their first round of data to CMS to comply with the Physician... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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A recent article in The Daily Business Post, a news outlet in Ireland, examined the relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical companies. "Today, dozens, if not hundreds of doctors in Ireland, are paid to spread the word about the latest medical... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) recently published 2013 aggregate totals of industry payments made to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Transparency became a requirement when ABPI members voted in 2011 to amend their Code of Practice... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the public face of Affordable Care Act's rocky rollout, will step down. Her resignation comes just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the Affordable Care... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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ProPublica has developed a niche over the past couple of years through its "Dollars for Docs" database. As we have covered extensively since the launch of that campaign, ProPublica aggregated the payment reporting data of 15 manufacturers who were reporting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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Asia's biggest pharmaceutical company, Takeda, and their marketing partner, Eli Lilly, face $9 billion in punitive damages stemming from their Actos diabetes drug. The plaintiffs alleged that Takeda and Lilly concealed their knowledge of the drug's bladder cancer risks and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published an opinion piece entitled "Conflict of Interest Policies for Academic Health Systems Leaders Who Work with Outside Corporations." As we have come to expect from JAMA, the article was packed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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At last week's American College of Cardiology annual meeting In Washington D.C., Murray Kopelow, President and CEO of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), spoke to the ACCME's conflict of interest (COI) requirements. His presentation was part of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Boston Globe recently published a ProPublica-penned article which attacks doctors who speak about the drugs and antibiotics they have researched and helped develop. Entitled "Double Dip: Doctors Paid to Advise, Promote Drug Companies that Fund their Research," the articles... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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Phase 1 of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act is in now submitted, but the real force of the Act comes later this year (or early next year) when company payments to physicians are made public. An unfortunate reality of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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April 9th 2014 marks the opening of legal hunting of physicians by lawyers, hospitals and insurance companies. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to release 2012 Medicare billing information for individual doctors as part of their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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In our ongoing coverage of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, we frequently write about the law's unintended consequences. We have noted that the Sunshine Act will hurt innovation by diminishing industry-physician collaboration. Additionally, the Act's administrative burdens add yet another... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new conflict of interest guidance entitled Public Availability of Advisory Committee Members' Financial Interest Information and Waivers. The guidance focuses on FDA's waiver policy regarding financial conflicts of Special Government Employees (SGEs),... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Physician Payments Sunshine Act gets most of the attention on Policy & Medicine these days with phase I submitted and other important deadlines looming. However, a number of states have aggregate spend requirements that will not be preempted by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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A lawsuit involving Johnson & Johnson's pelvic mesh device reveals that relationships between doctors and device makers will be deeply scrutinized in product liability cases. A recent Wall Street Journal article honed in on the actions of Johnson & Johnson's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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Today March 31, 2014, is the final day that applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations must submit their Phase I aggregate physician payment sunshine data to CMS Open Payments. We are republishing the guide to filing Phase 1 for those... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Center for Business Intelligence (CBI) will be holding its Medical Education & Research Grants Breakthrough Summit in San Francisco, CA, April 29–30, 2014. CBI's Summit will cover the value of quality improvement initiatives and patient education and engagement in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires companies to track almost every transfer of value made to physicians. Sign4Compliance is an app that collects all this necessary information to comply with the Sunshine Act and stores it in one place. Sign4Compliance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Policy and Medicine