CMS releases delayed final rule on payments to physicians

Published on February 3, 2013 at 10:10 PM · No Comments

Under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, financial relationships that drug and device makers have with doctors must be disclosed. 

The Hill: CMS Releases Long-Overdue 'Sunshine Act' Rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule Friday that will expose financial relationships between doctors and industry in compliance with President Obama's healthcare law. Pressure had been mounting for the Obama administration to release the final "Sunshine Act" regulations, which are more than one year overdue. Critics blamed the wait on election-year politics (Vieback, 2/1).

Modern Healthcare: CMS Issues Long-Delayed Rule On Sunshine Act
The final rule requires manufacturers and GPOs to report the first round of data collection to the CMS by March 31, 2014. The data will then be posted online by Sept. 30, 2014, one year after what the original statute required. The program's first round of reporting will be limited to five months of data rather than a full year. A CMS spokeswoman said in an e-mail that the timeline was pushed back in order to give manufacturers and GPOs "sufficient time to prepare" (Lee, 2/1). 

MedPage Today: CMS Issues Sunshine Rule
Data collection will start on Aug. 1, CMS said, noting that "Applicable manufacturers and applicable GPOs will report the data for August through December of 2013 to CMS by March 31, 2014 and CMS will release the data on a public website by Sept. 30, 2014. CMS is developing an electronic system to facilitate the reporting process." The rule "is intended to help reduce the potential for conflicts of interest that physicians or teaching hospitals could face as a result of their relationships with manufacturers," the statement continued (Frieden, 2/1).

PoliticoPro: Long-Awaited Physician Sunshine Rule Released
The rule is 15 months overdue. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), biotech companies, consumer advocates and medical groups have been hounding the Obama administration with a torrent letters since the beginning of the year, pleading for the rule's release. Friday, they got what they had been asking for (Norman, 2/1).

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