Physician Payment Sunshine Act: A Primer

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act has the potential to give patients greater information when making health care decisions and could deter the influence of clinical decisions based on financial relationships between physicians and manufacturers. The success of the Sunshine Act will be significantly impacted by the ability of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to collect and organize data, settle disputes between physicians and manufacturers, and publicize the data in a timely manner. As the implementation continues many stakeholders are encouraging CMS to provide context to the data in order for patients and interested parties to fully understand these financial interactions.

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