What is Open Payments?

What is Open Payments?

Open Payments is a national disclosure program that promotes a more transparent and accountable health care system. Open Payments houses a publicly accessible database of payments that reporting entities, including drug and medical device companies, make to covered recipients like physicians.

Please note that CMS does not comment on what relationships may be beneficial or potential conflicts of interest. CMS publishes the data attested to by reporting entities. The data is open to individual interpretation.

Explore the database at OpenPaymentsData.cms.gov.

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Open Payments – New Feature Video

Open Payments has released a new, short video to show how Open Payments works, what’s in the data, and how to use the search tool.

Check out the video to learn more!

Program Year 2020 Data Submission Happening Now!

Program Year 2020 data submission opened on February 1, 2021 and will continue through March 31, 2021. Reporting entities may now submit Program Year 2020 data and any new or updated records from previous program years.

Note: Beginning with the Program Year 2020 data submission window, Reporting entities are no longer able to submit records for Program Years 2013 or 2014.

For more information on registration and data submission visit the Open Payments Resources page.

Program Expansion

Open Payments has expanded to include five new covered recipient types. Learn more on the Newly Added Covered Recipients page.

For information about changes that will affect Applicable Manufacturers and Group Purchasing Organizations, visit the Changes for Reporting Entities page.

Program Year 2019 Data Refresh

The Open Payments dataset has been refreshed to reflect changes to the data that took place since the June 30, 2020 data publication. Check out the data dashboard to see an overview of the refreshed data, or dive right in and use the search tool.

How does Open Payments work?

Every year, Open Payments data is collected, submitted, reviewed, and published.

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Data Collection: January 1 – December 31

Reporting entities collect data about payments they’ve made to covered recipients from January 1 through December 31 each year. This includes any ownership or investment interests that physicians or physicians’ immediate family members have held with the reporting entity during that time. Learn more about the Natures of Payment that must be reported.

Data Submission: February 1 – March 31

Reporting entities submit data collected during the previous calendar year to CMS.

Pre-Publication Review, Dispute, and Correction of Data: April 1 – May 30

Pre-publication review and dispute occurs annually from April 1 through May 15. This gives covered recipients 45 days between April 1 – May 15 to review data attributed to them before the data is published. If a covered recipient believes a record is inaccurate, they can initiate a dispute and work directly with the reporting entity to resolve the dispute before the data becomes public; CMS does not mediate disputes.

Reporting entities may resolve disputes throughout the Pre-publication review and dispute period and have an additional 15-day correction period from May 15-30 to correct any outstanding disputed records. During this time, reporting entities respond to disputes initiated during the pre-publication review and dispute period and make any necessary changes before the data is published.

Although pre-publication review and dispute is voluntary, CMS strongly encourages covered recipients to review data and ensure that it’s accurate.

Data Publication: On or by June 30

CMS publishes the data annually on or by June 30. The data is available at OpenPaymentsData.cms.gov.

Learn more about Open Payments and what it means to you.

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Natures of Payment

Learn more about the Natures of Payment that are reported to CMS through Open Payments.

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Law & Policy

Learn about reporting requirements and the history of the Open Payments program on the Law and Policy page.

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Program Participants

Learn about roles and responsibilities within Open Payments on the Program Participants page.

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04/15/2021 01:32 PM