Attention Physicians: Open Payments Review and Dispute Period April 1 to May 15, 2020

Open Payments is a federal program that collects and makes information public about financial relationships between the health care industry, physicians, and teaching hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information from manufacturers of drugs and devices about payments and other transfers of value they make to physicians and teaching hospitals.

These payments and other transfers of value can be for many purposes, like research, consulting, travel, and gifts. Physicians can preview the data before it is published online. In order to review the data and dispute inaccuracies, physicians must complete a two-phased registration process on CMS’s website.

Pre-publication review and dispute for the Program Year 2019 Open Payments data is available beginning today, April 1, 2020 through May 15, 2020. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish the Open Payments Program Year 2019 data and updates to the previous program years’ data in June 2020.

Physician and teaching hospital review of the data is voluntary, but strongly encouraged. Please keep in mind the following:

  • Records eligible for review and dispute: all records submitted during the submission period of the current calendar year, including newly edited, submitted, and re-attested records from previous calendar years. For detailed information refer to the Physician and Teaching Hospital Review and Dispute Tutorial
  • Disputes must be initiated by May 15, 2020 in order to be reflected in the June 2020 data publication. For more information on review and dispute timing and publication refer to the Review and Dispute Timing and Data Publication Quick Reference Guide.
  • CMS does not meditate or facilitate disputes. Physicians and teaching hospitals should work directly with reporting entities to resolve disputes.  
  • Registration in the Open Payments system is required in order to participate in review and dispute activities.

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Internal questions can be sent to Leeanne Walker. More information can be found here.  

 

Leeanne B. Walker, JD

University of North Carolina

School of Medicine

Director, Compliance & Research Integrity

Operations Liaison, Dean’s Office

leeanne_walker@med.unc.edu

Office:   (919) 260-8086

 

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