Life Science Compliance Update

June 16, 2017

Webinar on CMS Spend Submission


On Tuesday, June 20th, qordata is hosting a panel discussion webinar on “Learning From CMS Spend Submission.”

The webinar will run from 11:00 am EST – 12:00 pm EST and will include discussion from Chrissy Bradshaw of Porizo, April Pierce of Shire and Elizabeth Bodine of Merz USA. The three executives will share their experiences in implementing and working around the spend obligation.

The following topics would be covered in this Panel Discussion:

  • Best practices to follow after spend submission
  • Advanced spend data monitoring using Open Payments data
  • Identify outliers on the basis of benchmarks
  • Avoid litigations and Law suits
  • Improve compliance programs using data analytics

The agenda will cover: lessons learned by the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry from 2013 through 2017; preparation for changes in the Sunshine Payments Act; adjustments that are required in internal analytics systems; and how analytics have assisted other functions within their business.

Senior and mid-level transparency, corporate compliance and legal professionals from the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry are encouraged to attend, as are Pharma Sales Professionals interested in improving their reporting practices via technology.

If you can’t attend live we still encourage you to register for the event, as qordata will send out a recording and slides to those who are unable to attend live.

April 28, 2017

ExL Events to Host the 8th Aggregate Spend and Sunshine Act Conference


Unlock the Value of Transparent and Efficient Data Reporting to Improve the Operation of Your Organization

ExL Events will host the 8th Aggregate Spend and Sunshine Act Conference this June 15-16 at the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA.

Progressive leaders from pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies will convene for two days to discuss the value of transparency reporting and exchange tools used to translate aggregate spend data into business improvements that enhance daily efficiency. View the complete agenda and faculty list here.

This annual conference attracts delegates globally. Participants will include representatives from Pfizer, Viscadia, Alkermes, Qiagen, Sun Pharma, Foundation Medicine, Bayer Healthcare, Chiesi, Draeger Medical, Horizon Pharma, Concur, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Medtronic.  

Featured speakers include:

  • Michael O’Connor, Senior Director, Global Head Compliance and Ethics Operations, ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
  • Gretchen Reyes Cseplo, Compliance Officer, US, Canada and Global Compliance Operations, CONVATEC
  • Avi Spira, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, CANTEL MEDICAL CORP.
  • Ben Yao, Director, Transparency, ASTELLAS
  • Amie Phillips Pablo, Associate Director, Government Reporting, NOVO NORDISK INC.

Conference sponsors and supporting partners include: Concur, MedPro Systems, QuintilesIMS and Alanda Software.

Register now to save $200 off the standard registration rate — early bird pricing expires April 28. Please mention priority code C882PMLSCU when signing up.

ExL Events, a division of Questex, LLC, is the industry leader in developing innovative, educational conferences that serve the pharmaceutical and allied healthcare communities in the United States, Europe, Latin America and additional markets. Its experienced team conducts extensive market research and targeted outreach. The results translate into innovative, high-quality events designed to exceed the dynamic informational and networking needs of audiences. ExL Events conference platforms facilitate the exchange of critical information between industry executives and suppliers to support their scientific and commercial goals.

For business development and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alexander Siegel at 917-242-3893 or

For general information, please contact Tyler Lobo, Conference Production Director, at 917-242-3899 or 

April 24, 2017

Eighth Aggregate Spend and Sunshine Act Conference


On June 15th and 16th, 2017, the Eighth Aggregate Spend and Sunshine Act Conference will be held at the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA. The conference has proven to be industry’s leading educational event where compliance and reporting professionals convene to discuss past submissions and upcoming changes in order to better prepare for the future.

The conference focuses on the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was intended to advance the life sciences industry standard of transparency, but the ambiguity of current regulatory principles continues to puzzle compliance and reporting professionals, leaving them with more questions than solutions. In addition to those issues, the actual collection of aggregate data is challenging for departments across organizations, further complicating even the most effortless tasks. Through interactive discussions and expert presentations, the conference will provide attendees with the tools needed to leverage data analytics and elevate daily operations.

Some of the conference’s featured speakers include:

  • Amie Phillips Pablo, Novo Nordisk Inc;
  • Michael O’Connor, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;
  • Richard Velardi, Sun Pharma;
  • Michael Hunn, Draeger Medical;
  • Ishita Arora, Horizon Pharma, LLC; and
  • Gretchen Reyes Cseplo, Convatec.

According to ExL Events, the top five reasons to attend are: you will learn how to (1) uncover ways to optimize your organization’s daily operations using aggregate spend data required by the Sunshine Act; (2) comply with new CMS documentation guidelines surrounding aggregate spend reporting; (3) effectively communicate with healthcare providers across national and global data reporting landscapes; (4) consider frameworks for conducting internal audits designed to measure success; and (5) discuss best practices for leveraging your data analytics to assess compliance risk.

If you are interested in attending, you can register here.


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