Health policy basics: the Physician Payment Sunshine Act and the Open Payments program

Ann Intern Med. 2014 Oct 7;161(7):519-21. doi: 10.7326/M14-1303.


The Open Payments program is a government initiative through which financial relationships between applicable industries and covered physicians or teaching hospitals are publicly reported. The program does not assess these relationships but rather facilitates transparency and allows stakeholders to use this information in making informed decisions. This article outlines the program and its goals, reviews its requirements and when they go into effect, examines the implications for physicians and their patients, and makes recommendations to help physicians and teaching hospitals prepare for its implementation.

MeSH terms

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S.
  • Drug Industry / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Financial Management / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Health Policy / economics
  • Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Hospitals, Teaching / economics
  • Hospitals, Teaching / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Interprofessional Relations / ethics
  • Mandatory Programs / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Medical Device Legislation
  • Medicare / economics
  • Physicians / economics
  • Physicians / ethics
  • Physicians / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United States