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Medical News & Perspectives
June 9, 2010

Payments to Physicians, Medical Schools to Be Illuminated Under New Reform Law

JAMA. 2010;303(22):2237-2238. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.724

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and makers of medical devices and supplies will be required to report virtually all payments to physicians or teaching hospitals as part of sunshine provisions included in the health reform law.

The law, signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010, includes provisions of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) and Herb Kohl (D, Wis) to enhance transparency in the relationships between physicians and the makers of products paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, or the State Children's Health Insurance Program. These provisions aim to prevent physicians and companies from concealing potential financial conflicts of interests, a problem highlighted by several high-profile cases in which physicians have failed to report their industry ties.

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