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How Open Payments Works

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How Open Payments Works

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The law requires CMS to collect and display information reported by applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) about the payments and other transfers of value these organizations have made to physicians and teaching hospitals. 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.

The first reporting period covers transactions from the last 5 months of 2013.  Future reports are published every year and include a full 12 months of payment data. Data collected for each calendar year is published in June of the following calendar year. For example, data that was submitted by applicable manufacturers and GPOs for the 2014 calendar year was published on June 30, 2015.