Six Months Till Sunrise: CMS Allows Extra Time For Firms To Collect Physicians Payment Data
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Drug makers get three more months to comply than the proposed rule offered; firms must send the data by March 31, 2014, to CMS, which plans to make the information available on a public website by Sept. 30, 2014.
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