Magazine article Medical Economics

Physician Rights in the Open Payments Program

Magazine article Medical Economics

Physician Rights in the Open Payments Program

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Legally Speaking

The Open Payments program requires the federal government to collect and publish information reported by certain pharmaceutical manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) about the payments these companies make to physicians. Physicians should take seven steps to ensure their data is correct.

1 REGISTER YOUR ACCOUNT: Register at U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) enterprise portal and on the Open Payments system. Accounts are locked if there isa period of inactivity, so if you have not used your account recently, it may need to be reactivated. Register at bit.ly/ CMS-enterprise-portal.

2 KNOW THE TIMING: CMS requires manufacturers and GPOs to submit data by March 31 of each year. Physicians are notified by CMS when the data is ready to review for accuracy. Physicians have a 45-day window to review and dispute information prior to publication, so be ready to examine the data when it is made available.

3 CHECK YOUR DATA ASAP: Check your profile as soon as possible to ensure that any errors in the data do not prevent you from initiating a dispute within the 45-day window.

4 CERTIFY CORRECT DATA: If the reported information is correct, you can electronically certify it. Physicians can leave comments regarding a payment to provide context.

5 DISPUTE INCORRECT DATA: If you disagree I with your data, initiate a dispute. When a physician I disputes a payment, the system will alert the j applicable manufacturer or GPO. That organization will | then work with the physician directly to resolve | the dispute. …

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