Coalition advocates exclusion of educational materials from Sunshine Act reporting

04/23/2013

In comments recently submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Coalition for Healthcare Communication is requesting that CMS consider excluding educational materials – textbooks, peer-reviewed journal reprints, journal supplements and digitally delivered educational materials – from reporting requirements under the Sunshine Act final rules. "If confusion or perceived reporting burdens cause reduced publication or restricted distribution of these valuable educational items, physicians will no longer receive crucial information and patient care will suffer," said Coalition for Healthcare Communication Foundation Executive Director Jack Angel. Making these materials reportable "would impose great costs on industry, government and physicians, and have a negative effect on patient care," Angel said. Read more.

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