Sunshine Act/Open Payments Update: Annual Review and Dispute Period Underway

CMS has opened the 45-day review and dispute period for 2015 data on the Open Payments (Sunshine Act) system. Between April 1 and May 15, physicians can review reported information before it is made available to the public. If any of the reported payments appear to be inaccurate, physicians may resolve the dispute directly with the manufacturer until May 15.

CMS has opened the 45-day review and dispute period for 2015 data on the Open Payments (Sunshine Act) system. Between April 1 and May 15, 2016, physicians can review reported information before it is made publically available. If any of the reported payments appear to be inaccurate, physicians may resolve the dispute directly with the manufacturer until May 15. Further information can be found here.

The review process is voluntary, but to participate in the process and review and correct the data, physicians and teaching hospitals will need to register in both the CMS Enterprise Identity Management System (EIDM) and the Open Payments system. Registration information can be found here. Sign up for listserv notifications on the Open Payments website, http://go.cms.gov/openpayments.

Previously published Vital Signs announcements include:

Note: For purposes of this regulation, a “physician” is any of the following types of professionals that are legally authorized to practice, regardless of whether they are Medicare, Medicaid, or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers:

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Doctor of Dentistry
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Doctor of Podiatry
  • Doctor of Optometry
  • Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

 If you have any questions, please contact:

Leeanne Walker, JD—School of Medicine, Operations Liaisons, Dean’s Office at leeanne_walker@med.unc.edu 

Lisa Apple—UNC Health Care System, Compliance Office at ldapple@unchealth.unc.edu