The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act), which is part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and biologicals that participate in U.S. federal health care programs to report certain payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals. Manufacturers submit the reports to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis. In addition, manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) must report certain ownership interests held by physicians and their immediate family members.
The majority of the information contained in the reports are available on a public, searchable website. Physicians have the right to review their reports and to challenge data that are false, inaccurate, or misleading.
FEB 1 - MAR 31, 2022
Data Submission for 2021
APR 1, 2022
Physician and Teaching Hospitals Review and Dispute Period Begins
MAY 15, 2022
Final Day for Physicians to Initiate Disputes
Final day for physicians to initiate disputes of erroneous data from calendar year 2021 reported for transfers made and ownerships held. If a physician waits until after data have been made public to initiate a dispute, the data will not be flagged as disputed in the public database until CMS updates the information.
JUN 30, 2022
CMS will publish 2021 payment data and any updates to the previous years' data.
DEC 31, 2022
All disputes of erroneous data from calendar year 2021 must be submitted to receive consideration by CMS.