CMS Open Payment Is Running Again, Deadline Extended
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) online Open Payments system is functional as of August 15, after being taken down on August 3 due to technical issues. The Open Payments system is an online tool for physicians and teaching hospitals to register, review, and dispute financial payment information received from healthcare manufacturers.
CMS has resolve the technical issues and, according to a press release on August 15, “revalidated all data in the system to verify that the physician identifiers used by the applicable manufacturer or GPO are accurate, and that all payment records are attributed to a single physician. Incorrect payment transactions have been removed from the current review and dispute process and this data will not be published.”
Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Program Integrity Shantanu Agrawal, MD, said, “We have identified the root cause of the problem and have instituted a system fix to prevent similar errors. We strongly encourage physicians to review their records before the deadline and before the data are posted publicly to identify any discrepancies.”
CMS has extended the time for physicians and teaching hospitals to review their records to September 8, 2014 to make up for lost down time. The website will be available publicly on September 30, 2014.
If you want to review Open Payments data reported about you before it’s made public, you can register at the CMS’ Enterprise Portal.