Trade Associations Want Time Before Sunshine Act Begins
Posted 29 August 2012 | By
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is prepared to publish a final rule for the Physicians Payments Sunshine Act, but some trade associations are asking for more time before implementation of that rule.
According to CMIO, four life science trade associations sent a letter to CMS, insisting sufficient notice be given before collection of data begins. They are asking for 180-day grace period after the final rule is released before reporting is required.
The Act is a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and would require manufacturers to report payments made to teaching hospitals and providers, according to CMIO. CMS said it would not begin collecting that data until after 1 January 2013, but no specific date has been announced.