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Groups call for delay in physician transparency database

The Hill, August 6, 2014
Medical groups are asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to push back implementing a new database intended to disclose possible conflicts of interest. Over 100 medical professional groups, including the American Medical Association, signed a letter to CMS Tuesday to delay launch of the Open Payment System under the Physicians Payments Sunshine Act. The database is expected to go live Sept. 30 and would publicly list what payments medical providers have received from drug and device industries in the interest of transparency. The groups are asking CMS to reschedule the database launch date to March 31.