The Physician Payment Sunshine Act, operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") as the Open Payments Program, was enacted to increase transparency around relationships that physicians and teaching hospitals have with manufacturers and group purchasing organizations. ASTRO works to educate its membership about the Open Payments Program, including alerting them to the types of activities that will result in data being reported about them and the steps they need to take to review data after it has been reported. ASTRO maintains FAQs on this topic for its members. For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about the Open Payments Program, visit the CMS website.
We are committed to abiding by the
highest business standards and engaging in behaviors that will enhance the
reputation and maintain the integrity of ASTRO Corporate Membership. To this
end, we look to the ASTRO code to provide a framework and mechanisms for setting
minimum standards of behavior, educating Members, monitoring Industry activities
and development and promoting self-regulation and disciplinary functions.
As a Corporate Member, we agree to adhere to the ASTRO Corporate
Member Code of Ethics in the way we conduct our business activities as
ASTRO’s organizational mission statement and strategic
plan provide principled guidance for all corporate relationships. The types of
corporate relationships developed by ASTRO shall be consistent with the core
purpose and values of ASTRO. All corporate relationships must be evaluated
against ASTRO’s primary objective to provide representation and leadership for
the profession and to advance public health.
ASTRO should participate
in corporate arrangements when these guidelines are met and the arrangements
prove to further ASTRO’s purpose, avoid conflict of interest and safeguard
Corporate relationship shall mean any arrangement or transaction between
ASTRO and a corporation that furthers the mission of ASTRO.