A confusing finale to some group restaurant visits is the ritual of determining who ordered what and how much each diner owes. Imagine that process made even more painful with the threat of a $100,000 fine if the divvying up wasn't done correctly.

Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies now face that exact problem, and not only are they concerned with the penalty, but the complexity of assembling sophisticated compliance systems to capture all the required data has proved daunting.

On Feb. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published long-awaited, long-delayed final regulations on Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician ...