Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jenny Gold reports on a new timelime for implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act: "CMS has announced that the agency will not require companies to collect transparency data before January 1, 2013. The new timeline is a delay from the original ... which required HHS to come up with final reporting procedures by October 1, 2011. Instead, draft regulations were released in December of 2011; during the following 60-day comment period, CMS was bombarded with more than 300 comments from stakeholders (Gold, 5/7).
Also on the blog, Christian Torres reports: "Whoever ends up controlling the White House next year – Barack Obama or Mitt Romney – will have to make compromises if they are to solve the nation's current budget and health care crises. 'I think we know what to do,' Alice Rivlin, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, said Friday afternoon as part of a Brookings Institution panel about how the next president could curb spiraling health care costs" (Torres, 5/4). Check out what else is on the blog.