Physician Payment Sunshine Act Update: S. 2978

The Protecting Continuing Physical Education and Patient Care Act

The Protecting Continuing Physical Education and Patient Care Act (S.2978) was introduced into the Senate on May 25, 2016 by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY). The goal of S. 2978 is to exempt CME from reporting requirements of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. Senate bill S. 2978 mirrors House bill H.R. 293, which was a bipartisan effort introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) on January 13, 2015. Both bills share a common goal of exempting CME from reporting requirements of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act.

The CME Coalition has led the efforts to push the bills through both the House and the Senate. On May 26, The CME Coalition sent a letter to Sen. Barrasso thanking him for his support of CME, and the Coalition is now asking all CME stakeholders to show their support for the bills. Stakeholders with contacts on the Hill are encouraged to reach out to those contacts for support, and any groups with lobbying resources should contact the CME Coalition directly if they wish to help push this bill through. Additionally, letters of support are requested from organizations that would like to submit one to their state Senator.

How to get involved

Interested stakeholders should utilize the The CME Coalition’s Sunshine Act Resource Center in order to get started with their support of the bill. If you have any questions about the two bills, or are able to support the CME Coalition in their efforts, you can contact The CME Coalition directly online. For any further questions about the Physician Payment Sunshine Act and any specific reporting requirements, please contact Global directly here.