The Open Payments System from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now available and accepting registrations by physicians and teaching hospitals who want to review any payments and other transfers of value attributed to them. If physicians and teaching hospitals registered last year, they do not need to register again.
If it has been more than 180 days since a physician or teaching hospital has logged onto the Enterprise Identity Management System (EIDM), the account has been deactivated for security purposes. If an account must be reactivated, physicians and teaching hospitals can contact the Help Desk. Beginning today, the Help Desk has extended hours from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EST).
According to CMS, the review and dispute period is targeted to start in April 2017, following the close of data submission (the Program Year 2016 data submission window begins on February 1, 2017 and ends on March 31, 2017).
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 CMS Open Payments website.
Additional information is available on the program’s resources page. Questions can be submitted to the Open Payments Help Desk or by calling Live Help Desk support at (855) 326-8366. Live help is available from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EST) Mondays through Fridays, excluding federal holidays.