In CMS news:

Workers’ Comp Institute is reporting that the expected launch for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ federal “Open Payments” online database is on track for September 30th release, despite significant technical glitches. The database was mandated by the Sunshine Act, the express purpose of which was: “To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide for transparency in the relationship between physicians and manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals, or medical supplies for which payment is made under Medicare, Medicaid, or SCHIP.” The database includes payments for research, gifts, meals and speaker fees. Consumer advocates have long called for the public display of such information, arguing that it is key to ensuring doctors don’t prescribe certain drugs out of financial incentives or loyalty. The initial site will contain five months’ worth of payment information, spanning August 2013 through December 2013. However, after some criticism, about one-third of the payment information for that period won’t be included because of questions as to its accuracy. Read the full story from WCI 360 here. See the CMS information page about the Open Payments database here.