Even if the bill goes nowhere, its call for transparency could be incorporated into other healthcare legislation, Jill Kozeny, a Grassley spokeswoman, said.

The legislation requires drug, device, and medical-supply manufacturers that receive payments through Medicare, Medicaid, or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to disclose to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) any things of value they give to doctors. Items include payments, gifts, travel compensation, honoraria, and funding for continuing education and research.