- Review and dispute (45 days): 8/14/2014 – 9/10/2014
- Correction period (15 days): 9/11/2014 – 9/25/2014
The date for data publication remains the same, September 30, 2014.
CMS is staffing a live help desk throughout this new process. Live Help Desk support is available by calling 1-855-326-8366, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (ET), excluding Federal holidays. Or you can submit an email to the Help Desk at email@example.com. For more information about Open Payments please visit the Open Payments website.
The Open Payments database will make public any data reported about physicians by drug companies, manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) as part of the Sunshine Act. The new law was designed to enhance transparency of physicians’ financial interests. Currently, physicians who register at the Open Payments website will be able to review and dispute any information reported about them by the applicable manufacturers prior to public posting of this information on September 30. The system has been plagued by glitches and has had to be shut down unexpectedly once before.
The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) along with 111 other medical societies and the AMA voiced concerns in a recent letter to CMS urging the agency to reconsider how it is rolling out the Open Payments program.