What is Open Payments?

What is the Open Payments Program?

The Open Payments program 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.

Read the Open Payments Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report to Congress (PDF).

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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 2021 Data Now Available!

The Open Payments Program Year 2021 (January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021) data is now available. This is the first Open Payment dataset that is inclusive of the program expansion which added physician assistants and advanced practice nurses as “covered recipients” under the Open Payments program. The Program Year 2021 data includes 12.09 million published records totaling $10.90 billion in payments and other transfers of value that reporting entities made to covered recipients.

Explore the data at OpenPaymentsData.cms.gov!

Program Expansion

Open Payments expanded in 2021 to include five new covered recipient types. Visit the Newly Added Covered Recipients page for more information.

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

Open Payments FISCAL Year 2021 Report to Congress

The Open Payments Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2021 (PDF) is now available! Read about key activities including the Program Year 2019 Data Publication as well as the implementation of the program expansion.

The report also includes aggregated data from the initial Program Year 2019 data publication.

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.

The Open Payments word mark and logo are trademarks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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11/10/2022 04:12 PM