The American College of Radiology (ACR) reminds members that physicians and teaching hospitals have until May 15, 2019 to review the facts and dispute inaccuracies in data compiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its Open Payment Program.
On June 30, CMS will publish Open Payments Program Year 2018 data and updates to data for 2013-2017. The searchable database will cover gifts and payments made by pharmaceutical and medical device companies to individual physicians and teaching hospitals for travel, research, speaking fees, meals and similar products and services.
The database also informs the public about ownership interests that physicians and their immediate family members hold in such companies. Data can be examined in aggregate or individual years for the past five years for specific physicians and teaching hospitals on the Open Payments website.
Physician and teaching hospital reviews of the data are voluntary but strongly encouraged. All records submitted during the submission period of the current calendar year, including newly edited, submitted and re-attested record from previous calendars years, are eligible for review and challenges.
Registration in the Open Payments system is required to submit reviews or initiate disputes. CMS does not mediate disputes. Physicians and teaching hospitals should work directly with reporting entities to resolve them.
For detailed information, refer to CMS’ Physician and Teaching Hospital Review and Dispute Tutorial. CMS is also supporting an Open Payments Help Desk, available on-line from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-855-326-8366 (TTY Line: 1-844-649-2766)
The Open Payments Program was mandated by the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act. Additional information, including instructions for accessing and disputing data, is available on CMS’ website.