Sunshine Act Training



Toll Free
9AM - 5PM CST (M-F)

Faculty: Erin Azuse, RN BSN


Successful Completion: Complete entire module, complete the exam with a passing score of 80% or better, and complete the evaluation form.


Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes.


CEUs: HIPAA Exams is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program.  CEU Information


Free Certification of Completion available instantly for download or printing upon successful completion.


The purpose of this self-study module is to increase your understanding of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act and Open Payments. For those working in the healthcare industry as manufacturers, distributors, and Group Purchasing Organizations, and those working as healthcare providers, it is important to have a solid understanding of how this legislation requires their financial relationship to be disclosed. 

Course includes a video and audio component with stand-alone exam.

Course includes all 2021 updates to Sunshine Act.


What Does the Sunshine Act Do?

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, known as the Sunshine Act, is a federal law that requires producers of medical products such as drugs, medical devices, biologics, or medical supplies to report certain payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals. The Sunshine Act requires producers to gather specific information on such transfers exceeding $10.

When Was the Sunshine Act Passed?

The Sunshine Act was first proposed in 2007 but wasn’t signed into law until 2010 alongside the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

How to Purchase

To enroll in this course, simply add the number of users you need below and ADD TO CART. Follow the steps for CHECKOUT which will include registering your account.


Learning Objectives

  • Explain the purpose of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act/ Open Payments
  • Identify who must participate in this program
  • Recall what types of payments and transfers of value must be reported to CMS
  • Discuss the process for participation in Open Payments, including data submission, attestation, and dispute
  • Review penalties for non-compliance

Table of Contents

Commonly referred to as: The Sunshine Act and The Sunshine Act: A Guide for Healthcare Providers

Sunshine Act Training

Table of Contents:

  • Physician Payments Sunshine Act and Open Payments
  • Legal Notice
  • Purpose of Course
  • Learning Objectives
  • What is the Physician Payments Sunshine Act?
  • What is the Purpose of Open Payments?
  • Who Must Participate in Open Payments? - updated for 2021
  • Important Dates for Open Payments - updated for 2021
  • Who Must Be Report On? - updated for 2021
  • Open Payments Reporting Requirements
  • What Must be Reported? - updated for 2021
  • Direct vs. Indirect Payment
  • Research Payments
  • Ownership and Investment Interest
  • What Information Must be Included in the Report? - updated for 2021
  • Nature of Payment - updated for 2021
  • What is Excluded from Reporting?
  • Open Payments Reporting Process
  • How Does Registration for Open Payment Work?
  • Setting Up User Roles in Open Payments - updated for 2021
  • Data Submission and Attestation Process in Open Payments - updated for 2021
  • Dispute and Correction Process
  • Audits and Penalties
  • End of Course Exam

Course Content Example 1:

What is the Physician Payments Sunshine Act?

The Sunshine Act requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, biologicals and medical supplies to report hospitals to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) payments or other items of value that are made to physicians and teaching hospitals

The act is also known as Section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act

CMS implemented the Open Payments program to create a system to manage the annual reporting of these disclosures

The data collected by CMS is made accessible to the public each year

Course Content Example 2:

What Must Be Reported?

There categories of payments exists:

  1. General Payments
  2. Refresh's to payments and transfers of value that are not made in connection with a research agreement or protocol
  3. Research Payments
  4. Must be subject to a written agreement or research protocol to qualify
  5. Ownership and Investment Interests
  6. Includes any physical ownership or investment in a medical manufacturer, distributor, or GPO

Course Content Example 3:

Direct vs. Indirect Payments

Both direct and indirect payment or transfers of value made to physicians or teaching hospitals by applicable manufactures or GPOs must be reported

Direct Payments refer to when a payment or transfer of value is given directly to the physician or teaching hospital by the applicable manufacture or GPO

Indirect Payments refer to when a payment or transfer of value is given to a physician or teaching hospital through a third party, as they have been directed to by an applicable manufacturer or GPO or

When a payment or transfer of value is made to a third party as designated by a physician


Download Certificate of Completion Immediately

3 Attempts to Pass Your Exam

Instant Access: 100% Online - Access 24/7 from Anywhere

No Recurring Fees

Banner Image

Train Anywhere, Anytime

Courses can be accessed from any internet device at anytime.