In the spring of 2010, an engineering friend from college at a major biotech company called to tell me about a new law that was terrifying the healthcare industry.
The law required capturing and managing data that almost no company had technology to track. This law was known as The Sunshine Act.
She said, "Why don't you go build something to help us all out?" So I did.
At that time, the law was still a work in progress, but I read the entirety of what was available over the course of many days to deeply understand all the minutia of the law.
Then I started building the software. That too, took a very long time, as you can imagine. The software sat dormant until the law was finalized in the Spring of 2013. The CMS Final Rule is 72 pages long and to the mind of a
software engineer -- completely fascinating! I read every word more times than I can count -- I still read it occassionally just for fun. Numbers, data, reports, hundreds of different fields, data types and validation rules.
I ate it up. During that summer, I diligently adapted the software to the new and much more concrete regulations
and signed up our first users of the system. My fourth software startup was born!
Since then, SunshineActSoftware.com has grown to manage many more aspects of our customers' businesses from expenses, not just for the sales reps, but everyone in the company, to accounts payable,
physician relationships and more. We've built modules to import data from a variety of accounting systems, file formats, and automated credit card data feeds. We've taken hundreds of feedback messages and
continually refined the manual entry process to reduce clicks and headaches. We added a native iPhone app to improve the lives of Sales Reps on the go.
Our quickly customizable platform can adapt to your business needs as your company grows and we've seen spectacular growth among our customers from startup, through to territorial division of sales reps, on to acquisition by
a major manufacturer. Our user base has grown to include sales reps, accountants, IT workers, admins and more. Our database manages value transfers for companies as small as a handful of people to some of the
largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, medical device companies, group purchasing organizations, and even contract research organizations that track and compile records for their clients.
We have the experience you need to comply simply, efficiently, and on-time -- every year.
As consumers of healthcare, we know the value transparency brings to the industry. As individuals, plagued by government bureaucracy, we also know how onerous that transparency process can be. There are always problems with the
CMS Portal and we are embarrassed that our government with all its resources can't build a more user friendly product than our small team has built for you. The CMS Portal is notoriously lacking, but thankfully the people at the CMS
are fantastic. I actually enjoy talking to them. They are undyingly patient and caring individuals who help a great number of people through a very stressful and frustrating time.
The CMS Portal is incredibly complex and massively scalable -- I know because I analyze the
millions of publicly reported value transfers and count the increases in file numbers between uploads too. A tremendous amount of data is flowing through the system.
In that respect, the CMS Portal is absolutely amazing, but as a user, there is much to be desired. The law requires you to use their software. I hope you choose to use ours.
At the end of the day, with SunshineActSoftware.com, you can trust the buck stops with an engineer and when problems arise, whether it be with your own accounting and reporting systems, our software, or
the CMS Portal -- you need an engineer to solve them. When compliance season rolls around, we put your business first -- even above our own sleep -- and
do what it takes to help you and your team comply with the law. We have met that goal every year with every customer. Let us upload your data for you and ease your pain even more: Nominate us for your
Data Submitter Role. We've helped clients through the whole process from registering in
the CMS Portal to retraining an entirely new staff for the USA subsidiary of a European company. We go the extra mile and will sleep when the CMS has all the data.
Since the very first year of data submission in 2014, we've uploaded millions of dollars worth of value transfers for our clients. An amount greater than the amount submitted by more than 90 percent of the
1,600 companies in the public data set. That's not all of it either! More of the data we manage throughout the year is submitted by clients of our clients.
There is a tremendous amount of software engineering experience, compliance expertise, and dedication to your success behind this product. Everyone involved on our side is very proud of the work we do.
We are helping to improve healthcare in America. It's our mission not only to make transparency affordable, but also help you improve your business, so more people can benefit from the great products you make.
I hope you will join us.
Founder & Lead Software Engineer