A CMS official indicated that a long-awaited final rule implementing a physician payment reporting program will begin requiring data collection in 2013—a vague enough answer to draw a senator's criticism.
“We hope some data collection will occur in 2013,” said Niall Brennan, director of the policy and data analysis group at CMS, told a Senate Aging Committee roundtable called to get an update of the regulations implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The measure, included as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires the first-time national disclosures of physician payments from several categories of healthcare companies.
The final rules were required in October 2011 by the law, but the agency has repeatedly delayed them. And Brennan's vague indication of timeframe for their expected release drew the ire of one of the law's proponents, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).