Senator Charles Grassley has introduced legislation to amend the Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the “Sunshine Act.” Pursuant to the Sunshine Act, applicable manufacturers of covered drugs, devices, biological products, and medical supplies are required to report annually certain information regarding payments and other transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals. For the purposes of the Sunshine Act, the term “physician” includes the following practitioners who are legally authorized to practice by the State in which they practice:

  • Doctors of Medicine
  • Doctors of Osteopathy
  • Dentists
  • Podiatrists
  • Optometrists
  • Chiropractors

On October 7, 2015, Senator Grassley, co-author of the Sunshine Act, introduced Senate Bill 2153 (S.2153). S.2153 would amend the Sunshine Act to require applicable manufacturers to also report payments made to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other advance practice nurses. The text of S. 2153 is not yet available.