Only 2 Days Left to Review Your Data Before it Goes Public

On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will for the first time publish Open Payments (“the Sunshine Act”) data. This is a national program that promotes transparency by making public information about financial interactions between industry and individual physicians and teaching hospitals.

The Open Payments program allows physicians and teaching hospitals to register and review the financial data submitted by applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to initiate disputes if necessary before the data is made public.

CMS is mandated to publish reported data on September 30, 2014. The first Open Payments program cycle is a partial data collection period of five months (August 1 through December 31, 2013). Each Open Payments program cycle beyond 2013 will consist of a full 12 months of calendar-year data to be collected and reported to CMS.

You have until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on September 11, 2014, to review and dispute payments reported about you.

Registration is voluntary; however, you must register if you wish to see the information before it is published and/or dispute anything inaccurate or incomplete. 

ACTION:

  • Register in CMS’ Enterprise Portal (Enterprise Identification Management system—EIDM) to receive your CMS user ID.
  • Register in the Open Payments system using your CMS user ID to review your payment records.
  • Delegate roles and responsibilities by nominating system users to fill specific users roles.

TIPS TO STREAMLINE YOUR OPEN PAYMENTS SYSTEM REGISTRATION

If you plan to review the information that has been submitted, we encourage you to first review the quick reference guides and helpful tips below to ensure that your registration experience is as efficient as possible.

Completing Physician Registration

Reviewing and Disputing Data

  • To register in Open Payments you will want to have your NPI, DEA and state license numbers available.
  • The entire registration process should take about 30 minutes to complete and must be finished in a single session.
  • Users cannot save entries or complete their profiles at later times.
  • The system times out after 15 minutes of inactivity, and it does not have an auto-save feature.
  • Use Internet Explorer versions 8-10. Currently, the Open Payments system is not optimized for the Safari, Firefox, or Chrome browsers.

For more information about the review and dispute process, visit the Physicians page on the Open Payments website.

For assistance with the registration process, please call our live Help Desk at 1-855-326-8366, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (CT), excluding Federal holidays. Questions can also be submitted to the Help Desk via email, at openpayments@cms.hhs.gov

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