CMS sets time­line for Sun­shine Act im­ple­men­ta­tion

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - — Jaimy Lee

The CMS is­sued the long-de­layed fi­nal rule for the Physi­cian Pay­ments Sun­shine Act, set­ting out a time­line for im­ple­men­ta­tion that is a year past what the health­care re­form law re­quired. The Sun­shine Act aims to in­crease trans­parency and re­duce the po­ten­tial for con­flicts of in­ter­est by gath­er­ing data about fi­nan­cial re­la­tion­ships be­tween health­care providers and man­u­fac­tur­ers and mak­ing it avail­able to the pub­lic. Start­ing Aug. 1, drug and de­vice com­pa­nies will be re­quired to col­lect data about pay­ments, gifts and other trans­fers of value given to physi­cians and teach­ing hos­pi­tals. In ad­di­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ers and group pur­chas­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions will be re­spon­si­ble for re­port­ing physi­cian own­er­ship and in­vest­ment in­ter­ests. 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. “This rule al­lows a longde­layed trans­parency mea­sure to take ef­fect,” Al­lan Coukell, di­rec­tor of med­i­cal pro­grams at the Pew Char­i­ta­ble Trusts, said in a state­ment. 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.” In a state­ment, Christo­pher White, gen­eral coun­sel and se­nior ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the Ad­vanced Med­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion, said the ad­di­tional time will al­low man­u­fac­tur­ers to es­tab­lish com­pli­ant busi­ness sys­tems.

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