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This is a most interesting topic - especially in light of the argument made here for access to peer reviewed medical literature and it's importance.  I suspect this has to do with articles which are given to physicians by drug reps.

http://www.aafp.org/news-now/government-medicine/20131101sunshineltr.html

Physician Organizations Call Out CMS for Overreach in Sunshine Act Regulation

November 01, 2013 12:38 pm News Staff<mailto:[log in to unmask]>- The AAFP joined dozens of national and state physician organizations in signing on to a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius<http://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/sunshine/LT-Sebelius-FinalSunshineAct-102313.pdf> that highlights their "serious concerns" about CMS' interpretation of a key component of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.
Specifically, the physician organizations urged Sebelius to reverse the ruling that medical textbooks, reprints of peer-reviewed scientific clinical journal articles -- and even abstracts of such information-rich articles -- are not written for patients, intended for patient consumption or directly beneficial to patients and, therefore, would be subject to the law's reporting requirements.

Patricia Reynolds
Director, Bishopric Medical Library
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
1700 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota FL 34239
941-917-1730
941-917-1646 - fax
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