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Physician Payment Disclosure Has Had No 'Chilling Effect', Early Adopters Say

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Device companies that have voluntarily begun to publicly post payments made to physicians have not noticed a chilling effect on physician-industry interactions as a result.

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