CMS de­lays data col­lec­tion for Sun­shine Act to 2013

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The CMS again ex­tended the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Physi­cian Pay­ments Sun­shine Act and will not re­quire drug and de­vice man­u­fac­tur­ers to be­gin col­lect­ing data on pay­ments to providers un­til 2013. The act is a pro­vi­sion in the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act to in­crease public ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency. The CMS said in a May 3 blog post that it plans to is­sue a final rule this year and that it will not re­quire data col­lec­tion be­fore 2013. The final rule had been ex­pected to be re­leased in June. “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 Jan. 1, 2013,” the CMS said. Af­ter miss­ing an Oct. 1, 2011 dead­line to es­tab­lish pro­ce­dures for re­port­ing data on pay­ments to providers, the CMS later is­sued a pro­posed rule in De­cem­ber, weeks be­fore or­ga­ni­za­tions were ex­pected to be­gin col­lect­ing data. At that time, the agency had rec­om­mended de­lay­ing data col­lec­tion. The agency said it re­ceived more than 300 com­ments dur­ing the 60-day com­ment pe­riod. The pro­vi­sion will re­quire drug and de­vice com­pa­nies to re­port pay­ments or gifts to physi­cians and teach­ing hos­pi­tals. It also re­quires man­u­fac­tures and GPOS to re­port physi­cian own­er­ship and in­vest­ment in­ter­ests (see story, p. 14).

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