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Forecast for the Physician Payment Sunshine Act: Partly to Mostly Cloudy?Forecast for the Physician Payment Sunshine Act

Stephanie R. Morain, MPH, PhD; Charles Flexner, MD; Nancy E. Kass, ScD; and Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 30 September 2014.

From the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Financial Support: Dr. Morain received salary support from the Hecht-Levi postdoctoral fellowship at the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Drs. Kass and Sugarman were supported by the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (1P30AI094189).

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-1683.

Requests for Single Reprints: Stephanie R. Morain, MPH, PhD, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University, 1809 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205; e-mail, smorain1@jhu.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Morain, Kass, and Sugarman: Berman Institute of Bioethics, 1809 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205.

Dr. Flexner: Johns Hopkins University, 600 North Wolfe Street, Osler 503, Baltimore, MD 21287-5554.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: S.R. Morain, C. Flexner, N.E. Kass, J. Sugarman.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: S.R. Morain, C. Flexner, N.E. Kass, J. Sugarman.

Drafting of the article: S.R. Morain, C. Flexner, N.E. Kass.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: S.R. Morain, C. Flexner, N.E. Kass, J. Sugarman.

Final approval of the article: S.R. Morain, C. Flexner, N.E. Kass, J. Sugarman.

Collection and assembly of data: S.R. Morain, C. Flexner.

Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(12):915-916. doi:10.7326/M14-1683
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The Physician Payment Sunshine Act was intended to bring greater transparency to physician–industry relationships by establishing the Open Payments database. This commentary discusses areas where disclosure of payments related to research may be prone to misinterpretation.

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