Creating Public Transparency of Industry

This lecture series highlights advocacy and policy experts who provide technical assistance and leadership development for physicians, residents, and medical students interested in conflict-of-interest reform efforts.  This lecture was recorded on April 30, 2014.
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Creating Public Transparency of Industry-Physician
Financial Relationships
An update from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Open Payments

Open Payments will create greater transparency around the financial relationships of manufacturers, physicians, and teaching hospitals.  Hear about the status of Open Payments which requires manufacturers of covered drugs, devices, biologicals, and medical supplies to report payments or other transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals.  Learn how CMS is implementing Open Payments, including upcoming deadlines, participation requirements, data collection details and resources.

Visit the Open Payments website at: for information about the program, how it works, tools and other resources including webinars, calls, and meetings.



Featured Speaker:

Toula Bellios, Director, Division of Policy & External Partnership (DPEP), Center for Program Integrity at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 

Toula Bellios is the Director for the Division of Policy & External Partnership (DPEP), in the Data Sharing & Partnership Group of the CMS Center for Program Integrity.  Toula is responsible for program campaign strategy and execution, program content development and diffusion, and partnership outreach and coordination. Prior to joining DPEP, Toula worked directly for Deputy Center Director for Operations of the CMS Center for Program Integrity.  In this role, Toula worked on special projects involving all aspects of the Center’s responsibilities (includes management, operational and policy issues) and supported the Center’s mission.  Toula joined CMS in 2009.

Previously, Toula was as an Associate with Mercer Human Resource Consulting in Baltimore, where she managed health care benefits projects and developed long-term and short-term benefit strategies for local and nationwide clients with as many as 150,000 employees.  Toula was with Mercer for eleven years.

Following the presentation we were joined by Daniel Carlat, MD, Director of the Pew Prescription Project for a discussion designed to help to answer questions and connect participants with project resources and new tools available to help reduce conflicts of interest at academic medical centers and in the medical profession.


This event is offered as part of the Partnership to Advance Conflict-free Medical Education(PACME). This partnership and related materials were made possible by a grant from the state Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program which is funded by the multi-state settlement of consumer fraud claims regarding the
marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin.

The Partnership to Advance Conflict‐free Medical Education (PACME) is a joint project of the National Physicians Alliance,  the American Medical Student AssociationCommunity Catalyst, and the Pew Charitable Trusts designed to create both external and internal pressure for medical schools and academic medical centers to adopt strong new conflict-of-interest policies.

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