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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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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 1 hour ago 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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In early March, we wrote that a bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on legislation to repeal Medicare's widely criticized sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, replacing volume-based payments with measures that reward care efficiency and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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On February 7, the FDA issued a new guidance, "Annual Reports for Approved Premarket Approval Applications," which addressed the format and content of PMA annual reports. This guidance also describes the steps the FDA staff generally takes in reviewing annual... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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March 20, 2014: The Supreme Court of Arkansas overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, over the antipsychotic medication Risperdal. The State of Arkansas had alleged Janssen included inadequate risk information on its... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will be conducting a series of Open Payments webinars directed at "association/medical society staff, physicians, practitioners, and practice managers." Applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are required to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The health information technology industry is gearing up for a fight against federal safety regulations according to a new report from The Boston Globe. In the coming months, the Obama administration plans to release recommendations regarding the regulation of health... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is soliciting public commentary on the optimal ways to transform medical practices and prepare them for value-based purchasing. Entitled Request for Information: Transforming Clinical Practices, the RFI seeks responses from Clinicians, Health... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Policy and Medicine