April 21, 2017

ACR Reminds Members to Review Open Payments Data

The American College of Radiology (ACR) reminds members they have only until May 15 to review and challenge the accuracy of data on payments they’ve received from drug and medical device companies before the federal Open Payments Program releases their information to the general public.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish the Open Payments Program Year 2016 data and updates to the 2013, 2014 and 2015 program years on June 30. Physicians and teaching hospitals have until May 15 to review data specifically about them and dispute any inaccurate data that CMS intends to publish.

Open Payments is a federal program, required by the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act. Open Payments collects information about payments drug and medical device companies make to physicians and teaching hospitals for travel, research, gifts, speaking fees, meals and similar products and services. It also includes ownership interests that physicians and their immediate family members have in their companies. These data, compiled in aggregate form and by individual physicians, are then made available to the public annually on the Open Payments website.

Additional information, including instructions for accessing and disputing data, is available on the CMS website.