CMS Open Payments Data for 2017 Available for Provider Review

CMS recently made available the Open Payments Data for 2017 so that providers can review and potentially dispute any improper information that is there.  If nothing is disputed, the information becomes available to the general public on June 30, 2018.  This data collection is mandated by Section 6002 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law No. 111-148) and was amended via Public Law 111-152 in 2010.[1]

CMS notes this about the Open Payment information:

“Open Payments is a federal program, required by the Affordable Care Act, that collects information about the payments drug and device companies make to physicians and teaching hospitals for things like travel, research, gifts, speaking fees, and meals. It also includes ownership interests that physicians or their immediate family members have in these companies.  This data is then made available to the public each year on this website.”

They also note:

“Between when the data are collected and publicly displayed, registered physicians and teaching hospitals can review and, if needed, dispute payments reported about them. Data are then displayed on the public Open Payments website.”

Office managers, administrators, and other authorized staff can also access the information if they are an authorized representative.  You can find out how to do that at this link.

Viewing the data about a provider is restricted at this point but, as noted above, it becomes available to the public on June 30, 2018.  You can register to view your data between now and May 15, 2018.  If you have not already had access, there are two steps:

  • Confirm provider identity on the EIDM (Enterprise Identity Management) System on the CMS portal. Link here.
  • Register for Open Payments access once you have logged onto the CMS Portal, which lets you see the data about providers that is posted.

Importantly, EIDM access now has “multi-factor authorization” (MFA) whereby you get a code via text message or other method to prevent identity theft issues.

We are happy to assist providers and groups in any way.  Please contact us via one of the below or on our “App”, Corcoran 24/7, which can be accessed via one of the links below.   (800) 399-6565

[1] Open Payments.  Law and Policy.  Link here.  Accessed 4/04/18.

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