Data collection under the ACA Physician Payment Sunshine Act begins on August 1, 2013. To assist covered manufacturers of pharmaceuticals or medical devices with reporting obligations, CMS has announced new “OPEN PAYMENTS” mobile applications that could be used to track payments and other financial transfers.  While physicians are not required to report any information, CMS notes that they could use this technology to help validate reports submitted by manufacturers about payments the physicians have received.  In addition, CMS is compiling answers to frequently-asked-questions on the Sunshine Act.  On June 22, 2013, CME released a notice in the Federal Register concerning the collection of information under the Sunshine Act, specifically related to the following subjects: registration; attestation; dispute resolution and corrections; record retention; and submitting an assumptions document. Comments are due to CMS by September 20, 2013.  Finally, CMS is hosting an educational call on August 8, 2013 for physicians and teaching hospitals on the Sunshine Act policy, with a focus on third party payments, indirect payments, and the Physician Resource Toolkit.