Time to Let the Sunshine In

September 30, 2014 7:43 PM

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Time to Let the Sunshine In

Starting today, AARP members and consumers of all ages will be able to get a better idea of what may be driving their health care provider's decisions thanks to the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, or Sunshine Act. The Sunshine Act requires drug and medical device manufacturers to publicly report virtually all payments, gifts, and other services provided to health care providers and teaching hospitals every year.

Drug and medical device manufacturers spend billions of dollars on marketing and sales activities directed towards health care providers. Many health care providers believe industry-provider relationships are harmless; however, research has consistently found that they influence behavior and drive u...

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