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What is the Sunshine Act?

September 09, 2013

A new law called the Sunshine Act requires certain companies that provide payments, gifts, food, education, and other “transfers” to dentists to submit an annual report to the federal government with information about each dentist and what was provided. The government will post the information on a searchable public website called “Open Payments.” The companies must also report ownership and investment interests held by dentists and their immediate family members.

Not every payment and transfer is reportable. There are important exceptions, which are discussed below.

To fulfill their reporting obligations, these companies will ask dentists who receive reportable payments or other transfers for information such as name, business address, NPI and license number.

The ADA has prepared these FAQs to help members understand the implications of the new law (ADA member login required).