WLF advises CMS to exclude medical textbooks from Sunshine Act reporting requirements

05/21/2013

Because medical textbooks are "educational materials that directly benefit patients," they should be excluded from Sunshine Act reporting requirements, according to the Washington Legal Foundation, which sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on May 15. If CMS does not deem these materials as subject to the reporting exclusion, it likely will "find itself the target of a First Amendment lawsuit," according to WLF. Coalition for Healthcare Communication Executive Director John Kamp remarked that the WLF letter "is strong, balanced, nuanced and likely to be effective. Indeed, if WLF convinces CMS to reverse itself on textbooks, the same reasoning applies to journal supplements, reprints and website publications that are distributed with company support." Read more.

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