What is Open Payments?
Open Payments expanded in 2021 to include five new covered recipient types. Visit the Newly Added Covered Recipients page for more information.
Open Payments Program Year 2020 Data Now Available!
For Open Payments Program Year 2020 (January 1, 2020–December 31, 2020), CMS published $9.03 billion in payments and ownership and investment interests. This amount is comprised of 6.36 million total records attributable to 486,975 physicians and 1,212 teaching hospitals.
How does Open Payments work?
Every year, Open Payments data is collected, submitted, reviewed, and published.
- 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.
Natures of Payment
Learn more about the Natures of Payment that are reported to CMS through Open Payments.
Law & Policy
Learn about reporting requirements and the history of the Open Payments program on the Law and Policy page.
Learn about roles and responsibilities within Open Payments on the Program Participants page.