New Light on Industry Payments to Physicians

Sunshine Act website debuts this year

Kathleen L. DeBruhl, JD, and David D. Haynes Jr, JD

Since Aug. 1, 2013, manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologics, and medical supplies have been collecting information on payments or other valuable items or services provided to physicians and teaching hospitals. Under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), manufacturers must disclose this information annually to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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