CMS is actively promoting the review period for the Open Payments Program, which began on April 6 and lasts for 45 days until May 20. They ask that physicians register as soon as possible, review your data and provide feedback to CMS at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the only opportunity for doctors and teaching hospitals to review the data submitted by manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) before it is included in the public database on June 30, 2015.
Open Payments Program Increases Transparency in Health Care
By Barbara Connors, D.O., Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Philadelphia Regional Office
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Open Payments program collects data from drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) about payments they make to physicians and teaching hospitals. The program also reports information about ownership interests in drug and device manufacturers and GPOs held by physicians and their immediate family members. It’s important that physicians and teaching hospitals confirm the accuracy of the financial relationships reported about them.