Increased scrutiny around conflicts of interest in health care has some providers beginning to rethink their relationships with makers of medical device and drug manufacturers. This call for greater transparency stems from the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act), which requires manufacturers to track and report payment, transfer and ownership information given to providers and teaching hospitals. The Sunshine Act, which went into effect on August 1, 2013, requires manufacturers to submit reports to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis. Starting September 2014, the majority of the information collected will be publicly available.
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In response to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) guidelines on patient experience quality standards, the authors aim to provide an overview of the guidance. This editorial discusses key points of the NICE guidelines, as well as the benefits of implementation and the challenges that remain.