|Sunshine Act Physician Registration Open|
Sunshine Act Physician Registration Open Until August 27
Only opportunity for physicians to review and dispute 2013 data
Registration is now open for physicians who want to review Open Payments data reported about them by industry before it is available to the public.
Passed as part of the Affordable Care Act, the “Physicians Payments Sunshine Act,” now known as “Open Payments,” requires that certain manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) information about payments or other transfers of value they’ve made to physicians or teaching hospitals. Manufacturers have submitted data to CMS on payments or values of transfers made to physicians and teaching hospitals between August 1 and December 31, 2013. The law requires that these providers be given at least 45 days to review and challenge any inaccurate or misleading data before it is made public.
Physicians wanting to review their data must register with CMS. This registration process will occur in two phases. As the first step, physicians must register in CMS’ Enterprise Portal. CMS has a step-by-step guide for Enterprise Portal registration.
To complete the process, physicians must register in the Open Payments System. Physicians should refer to CMS’ Quick Reference Guide for registering in the Open Payments System. Registration is open July 14-August 27 and coincides with the 45-day review and dispute period. During the review process, a physician can flag and comment on any concerning or questionable data, which will be shared with the reporting manufacturer or GPO. CMS has also created a Quick Reference Guide for the review and dispute process.
If a dispute cannot be resolved, CMS will allow an additional 15 days to achieve resolution before the information is made public. If resolution is still not reached, the information will be flagged as in dispute on the public Webpage.
By law, all reported information must be made public no later than September 30 of this year.
CMS will host an Open Payments provider call on July 22, 2:30-4pm. CMS experts will give a brief introductory presentation about Open Payments and provide an overview of the registration and review and dispute process. Registration for the call is required.
More information about Open Payments is available on CMS’ Website.