SUNSHINE ACT LAUNCH IS FOGGY

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated public release of payments to physicians by pharmaceutical and device makers. The intent is to help consumers understand the financial relationship with manufacturers. This could aid identifying potential conflicts of interest. After an 18-month delay, the data is now available on the Open Payments website. However, the site is unfriendly and the data only covers a few months. These and other shortcomings and potential pitfalls in interpretation are covered in a series of articles by reporter Charles Ornstein. His most recent piece "Analysis: Government's New Doctor Payments Website Worthy of a Recall," was co-published by ProPublica with The New York Times' The Upshot on 10-1-14. LEARN MORE