Monday, December 2, 2013

APA Members Urged to Sign Up for Webinar on Relationships With Industry

A one-hour complimentary webinar on physicians' interactions with industry will be held Wednesday, December 18, at 11 a.m. EST. Citing the importance of this topic for psychiatrists, Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., CEO  and medical director of APA, is urging APA members to sign up for the webinar.

Beginning in 2014, U.S. companies will use their websites to start publicly reporting their financial relationships with physicians. This requirement is part of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. The webinar, titled "The Natural Consequences of Relationships Between Physicians and Industry: What You Need to Know About Public Reporting and More," will address the many facets to consider and help psychiatrists decide whether they want to enter into a relationship with industry and, if so, to what extent.

The webinar is being sponsored by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), which played a major role in drafting of the payment transparency law. Among the speakers will be Norm Kahn, M.D., executive director of CMSS, and Julie Clements, J.D., APA's deputy director for regulatory affairs.

Dial-in information for the webinar is available in the U.S. at (800) 882-3610 and in Canada at (866) 605-3851. The passcode is 4495084. More information about the webinar is available from Heidi Lapka at CMSS via e-mail at and phone at (312) 224-2585. Click here to register.

For detailed information about the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, see the Psychiatric News articles "Physician Payment Sunshine Act Now Makes Company Gifts Public" and "Manufacturers to Begin Tracking Payments to Physicians for Sunshine Law."

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