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Physicians and Teaching Hospitals


Physicians and Teaching Hospitals

How does Open Payments affect physicians and teaching hospitals?
Open Payments (commonly known as the Sunshine Act) requires applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to report certain payments and other transfers of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals, and any ownership or investment interest physicians, or their immediate family members, have in their company.  
Reports are made yearly and are posted on a public website. Information could be posted about you  regarding  payments or other transfers of value for:

  • Activities such as speaking engagements
  • Travel expenses
  • Meals
  • Entertainment
  • Gifts
  • Educational materials like text books or journal reprints
  • Participating in a paid advisory board.

To make sure you’re able to review information reported about you and dispute any inaccuracies before it is posted to the public, participate in Open Payments review and dispute process.  After the review and dispute period officially ends, physicians and teaching hospitals can continue to register and initiate disputes, but resolutions will not be publicly displayed until the next reporting cycle.

Where can physicians and teaching hospitals find additional resources?

More information, including a complete list of quick reference guides, the Open Payments user guide, video tutorials, and information about how to download the CMS payment tracking mobile app can be found on the Resources page.
You can sign up to receive email updates on information related to Open Payments by entering you email address on the Contact us page.
For any questions relating to Open Payments, you can contact the CMS Help Desk at OpenPayments@cms.hhs.gov. Live Help Desk support is available by calling 1-855-326-8366, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (CT), excluding Federal holidays.