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MedPAC Presents Policy Options For Reporting Physicians’ Ties To Industry

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

With legislation pending on public reporting of physicians' ties to industry, a group of independent advisors to Congress presented an early blueprint for a federal reporting system that could inform the final version of the bill

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