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CMS’ Doc Payments Database Wins Good Reviews
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The Open Payments database created under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (PPSA) is much improved from its rocky start, several speakers said at a briefing here sponsored by the National Coalition on Health Care.

 ”To CMS‘ [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] credit, they have made consistent improvements in what is out there,” Rodney Whitlock, PhD, health policy director for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), said at the briefing Wednesday. “Our office is very pleased with what CMS has done.” “The PPSA is definitely a success,” agreed Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at the Georgetown University Medical Center. “The fact of its existence is really positive.” Berman is also the director of PharmedOut, an organization whose goals are to document the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on drug prescribing and foster access to unbiased information about drugs.