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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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The Chinese bribery allegations against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have taken a scary turn for pharmaceutical executives working abroad. According to Chinese authorities, Glaxo's employees engaged in a bribery scheme with doctors totaling $483 million. Mark Reilly, the former China head of... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Policy and Medicine
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Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will host a national provider call for the dispute and review process of Open Payments (the Sunshine Act). The call will take place from 2:30-4:00 pm eastern time. Register here, and also... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Policy and Medicine
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In releasing guidance entitled, "Balancing Premarket and Postmarket Data Collection for Devices Subject to Premarket Approval - Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff," FDA attempts to clarify current policy on balancing premarket and postmarket data collection... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Policy and Medicine
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Pharmaceutical and device manufacturers have been busy working through the first reporting year under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. June 30, 2014 marked the deadline for companies to submit detailed reports to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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On July 8, 2014, the French National Assembly voted a draft law proposal that would potentially allow healthcare professionals to prescribe off-label drugs, even if there is an approved drug available for treatment. The draft law specifically references Avastin, a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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A recent study by CMEology found that continuing medical education (CME) can save significant healthcare costs. The authors used an educational activity about preventing bleeding-related complications from cardiac and thoracic surgeries for their analysis. The results suggest that even if... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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The Dispute Resolution period of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act has been open for two days now. Physicians are able to register in Open Payments, look through the manufacturer's transfer of value reports, and either (1) affirm their payment, (2)... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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Today you can view important sessions on healthcare innovation streamed live from Philadelphia as part of MedCityNews' CONVERGE Summit for Healthcare Innovation. The summit is host to many interesting sessions; the full schedule is available here. MedCity CONVERGE "provides the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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The Eighth International Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress took place in Dubai, UAE earlier this year. The conference featured many useful programs and impressive speakers that highlighted how compliance is an increasingly global challenge. We recently featured coverage of India's healthcare compliance... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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The Affordable Care Act puts a lot of emphasis on transparency. Section 6002, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, requires manufacturers to report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) almost every transfer of value they make to doctors—from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just announced that physicians and teaching hospitals can begin final registration and reviewing their data in the Open Payments system on Monday, July 14. Although registering with Open Payments is voluntary,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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As recently noted, in 1997, pharmaceutical firms began advertising directly to consumers (DTC) via television ads, as a result of guidance from FDA that required drug advertisements to provide only a "brief summary" of side effects, rather than the full... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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We recently reported that Minnesota had updated its statute to require manufacturers report their payments to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, veterinarians, and dental therapists. On July 9, the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy released a memo to clarify their position on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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On July 15, 2014, hear an experienced panel discuss important new developments and obligations during this crucial period of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Policy & Medicine readers will enjoy an ABA Health Law Section discount. Please click here to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The 21st Century Cures initiative is a new bipartisan effort to bridge the gap between medical advances and the regulatory policies that govern them. The initiative started with a collaboration between Representative Fred Upton (R–MI), the chair of the Energy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The CME Coalition has released a proposed design template for the disclosure of commercial support on CME materials. Recently, we reported that the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) decided to adopt changes to their Standards for Commercial Support... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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Late in the evening of July 3, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) on or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a guide for physicians to prepare for the Dispute Resolution period of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Currently, announced for "mid-July" for when physicians and teaching hospitals can begin registration... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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At 5:30pm on July 3, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. The 609-page document included a number of proposed changes to the Physician Payments Sunshine Act – Open... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The evening before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. The 609-page document proposes a number of changes to the Physician Payments Sunshine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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APCO Worldwide and its research consultancy APCO Insight released its "State of the U.S. Biopharmaceutical Industry 2014". The report evaluates the industry's relationships, or "Return on Reputation (ROR)"—a metric developed by the firm—with key industry stakeholders. In a release, APCO... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) sent a notice to industry, indicating that it is soliciting feedback regarding the development of future guidance documents and the prioritization of those guidance documents. On June 5, FDA hosted Center for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has announced changes to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), which is now open for data entry for the 2015 reporting year. The deadline for completing data entry for the 2015... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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According to an official email companies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CMS will not enforce penalites for reporting non compliance until after July 7th. We had previously reported that CMS help desk had sent an email... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Policy and Medicine
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Starting in 2016, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) member companies will make public the details of payments and transfers of value made to healthcare professionals (HCPs) and healthcare organizations (HCOs). The first disclosures will be made in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Policy and Medicine