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President Trump Signs Legislation That Expands the Sunshine Act's Definition of Covered Recipient

October 29, 2018

On October 24, 2018, President Trump signed into law U.S. House of Representatives Bill 6 ("H.R. 6"), cited as the "Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act," and known as the "SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act."

Among other things, H.R. 6 amends the federal Sunshine Act definition of "covered recipient" to include:

  • Physician assistants,
  • Nurse practitioners,
  • Clinical nurse specialists,
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetists, and
  • Certified nurse-midwives.

Currently, the definition of "covered recipient" only includes physicians and teaching hospitals.

The expanded definition will apply to "information required to be submitted...on or after January 1, 2022." H.R. 6 does not specify whether the amendments apply to data capture during calendar year 2021 or calendar year 2022.

For more information and to view a copy of H.R. 6, please visit the Federal Transparency section of the Transparency and Limitations Database.

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