The CMS has again extended the implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act and will not require drug and device manufacturers to begin collecting data on payments to providers until 2013.
The Physicians Payments Sunshine Act is a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that is intended to increase public accountability and transparency.
The CMS said in a May 3 blog post that it plans to issue a final rule this year and that it will not require data collection before 2013. The final rule had been expected to be released in June.
"In order to provide time for organizations to prepare for data submission and to sufficiently address the important input we received during the rulemaking process, CMS will not require data collection by applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations before Jan. 1, 2013," the CMS said.