Open Payments Physician and Teaching Hospital Review and Dispute Period Ends May 20, 2015

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Open Payments Physician and Teaching Hospital Review and Dispute Period Ends May 20, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Physicians and teaching hospitals have until May 20, 2015 to voluntarily review data reported by drug and medical device makers about them, and, if necessary, dispute payments, before the data is made public on June 30, 2015.

To review data, physicians and teaching hospitals must register in both the CMS Enterprise Portal and the Open Payments system. This is the second reporting cycle for Open Payments, and it covers payments made in 2014. Last year, CMS published information about 4.45 million payments valued at $3.7 billion for the last five months of 2013.

Physicians and teaching hospitals who registered last year do not need to register again in the CMS Enterprise Portal or the Open Payments system. Go to the CMS Enterprise Portal, log in using your user ID and password, and navigate to the Open Payments system home page. Use the Review and Dispute Process Quick Reference Guide to assist you with reviewing the submitted information and affirming or disputing the reported data before it is published.

The CMS Enterprise Portal locks accounts if there is no activity for 60 days or more and deactivates accounts if there is no activity for 180 days or more. To unlock an account, go to the CMS Enterprise Portal, enter your user ID, and correctly answer all challenge questions; you'll then be prompted to enter a new password. To reinstate an account, contact the Open Payments Help Desk.

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL REGISTRATION:

  • Use Internet Explorer versions 8-10, or the latest version of Firefox browsers. Currently the Open Payments system is not optimized for the Safari or Chrome browsers.
  • Understand that registration is a two-step process, that should not take more than 30 minutes: Registration in CMS' Enterprise Portal is the required first step, followed by Open Payments system registration.
  • Consider answering "optional" questions during the registration process (skipping these questions can slow your registration).

Learn more about the review and dispute process by accessing the educational materials available on the Resources page of the Open Payments website.