The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 3 May it would postpone a planned data collection mandated by the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (PPSA), saying it would not collect any information until 1 January 2013.
CMS's 19 December 2011 proposed rule on Section 6002 or PPSA stipulated the agency would begin collecting data from manufacturers this year covering their payments, gifts and other forms of compensation given to physicians.
The agency said it had received more than 300 comments in response to the proposed rule, and is now planning to release its final rule before the end of 2012.
"In order to provide time for organizations to prepare for data submission and to sufficiently address the important input we received during the rulemaking process, CMS will not require data collection by applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations before 1 January 2013," CMS wrote in a blog posting.
Not everyone was pleased with the delay, including Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Herb Kohl (D-WI), the authors of the PPSA, who blasted the move in a statement.
"It's disappointing that CMS won't even collect data at all this year," said Grassley. "The process has dragged on long past the statutory deadline for implementation."
"Given all of the extra time, CMS will have no further excuses for not accomplishing these goals," added Grassley.
Kohl said he was "disappointed by this delay," but noted he "look[s] forward to working with CMS to finalize the rules so that data collection can begin in January 2013."
CMS - Information on Implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act
Grassley & Kohl - Delay in the Physician Payments Sunshine Act implementation
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