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For the purposes of Open Payments, a “physician” is any of the following types of professionals that are legally authorized to practice, regardless of whether they are Medicare, Medicaid, or Children's health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers:

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Doctor of Dentistry
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Doctor of Podiatry
  • Doctor of Optometry
  • Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine


Note: Medical residents are excluded from the definition of physicians for the purpose of this program.


Do Physicians Have to Participate in Open Payments?

Physicians are not required to register with or send any information to Open Payments. However, to make sure we have the right information, we do encourage physicians to:

CMS is committed to data accuracy, and will be closely monitoring this process to ensure integrity in the data posted. We encourage physicians’ engagement in this process. Physicians who notice an inaccuracy will be able to dispute the information and work with applicable manufacturers and applicable GPOs to resolve disputes.


Two Continuing Medical Education Activities Available

Also available for physicians to learn more about Open Payments is Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity. Two such activities are available and accessible via Medscape; both are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education:

  1. “Are You Ready for the National Physician Payment Transparency Program?” Physicians can receive a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ by participating in the activity and receiving a minimum score of 70% on the post-test. Through the activity, participants will learn more about Open Payments, the steps involved in collecting and reporting physician data, key dates for implementation, and actions they can take to verify physician information in advance of website publication.
  2. “The Physician Payment Transparency Program and Your Practice” Physicians can receive a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ by participating in the activity and receiving a minimum score of 70% on the post-test. Through this activity, participants will be able to identify opportunities for physicians to review transfers of value attributed to them and differentiate types of transfers of value that will or will not be reported under Open Payments.

Medscape accounts are free and users do not have to be health care professionals to register. Registration can be found on the Medscape website