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Physician Payment Sunshine Act

Physician Payment Sunshine Act frequently asked questions

When does reporting begin?

On August 1, 2013, manufacturers began tracking reportable payments and transfers of value. By March 31, 2014, manufacturers will submit reports to CMS for August 1, 2013-December 31, 2013. CMS released this data on a public website on September 30, 2014.

The data is organized into three categories: general payments, research payments and physician ownership and investments.

The initial data release includes payments made between August 1, 2013-December 31, 2013. It includes over $3.5 billion in distributions to almost 550,000 physicians and 1,360 teaching hospitals.

The second round of data, including all payments made in the last 5 months of 2013 and a full 12 months of data for 2014 was released on June 30, 2015.