If you haven't yet completed the two-part registration process that allows you to review and, if necessary, dispute data reported about you for 2013 to CMS' Open Payments program(go.cms.gov) -- now's the time. Sept. 10 is the cutoff for physicians and teaching hospitals to review financial information reported about them by drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations.
As a reminder, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act required medical device, pharmaceutical and other companies to report payments or other transfers of value to health care professionals, as well as ownership and investment interests held by these individuals, so these data could be made available to the public. CMS created its Open Payments transparency program to implement this directive.
After a delayed initial rollout of the Open Payments program, and despite some recent rocky patches involving the logistics of the reporting process, the agency is on track to make the data publicly available on Sept. 30. Any data that have been disputed, but no resolution has yet been reached, will publish on that date but will be marked as under dispute.
Hopefully, physicians have completed the necessary steps to access the system and review the data reported about them. If not, CMS has developed the following resources to facilitate the process, which entails first registering in the CMS Enterprise Portal(portal.cms.gov) and then registering in the Open Payments system itself:
- Step-by-Step CMS Enterprise Portal Registration for Physicians and Teaching Hospitals presentation(www.cms.gov)
- Physicians and Teaching Hospitals Registration presentation(www.cms.gov)
- Quick Reference Guide on how to initiate and dispute a record in the Open Payments system(www.cms.gov)
But don't delay. The agency warns that identity verification can take some time and recommends completing the registration process as soon as possible.