Sunshine Act Review and Dispute Period Now Open

UPDATE: Open Payments System Reopens, Extends Physician Registration and Review Period

CMS announced today that the Open Payments system is once again available for physicians and teaching hospitals to register, review and, as needed, dispute financial payment information received from health care manufacturers. The system was taken offline on August 3 to resolve a technical issue. To account for system down time, CMS is extending the time for physicians and teaching hospitals to review their records to September 10, 2014. The public website will be available on September 30, 2014.


Act now if  you want to review Physician Payments Sunshine Act data reported about you before it is available to the public. The review and dispute period for payments reported is July 14 through Sept 10, 2014.

Under the Sunshine Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make public physician payments reported by manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and biologicals that participate in federal health care programs. (See the June 16, 2014, Action article, "Sunshine Act Physician Registration Process Has Begun.")

Here is what to do (see the CMS Open Payments user guide [PDF] for an overview and full instructions): 

  1. Register in CMS' Enterprise Portal by following this the step-by-step guide (PDF) from CMS.
  2. Register in the Open Payments system to complete the registration process and have the opportunity to review and dispute data submitted by applicable manufacturers prior to public posting. Use the quick reference guide on how to register (PDF). For a physician’s authorized representative, see How to accept or reject a nomination as an authorized representative for a physician (PDF).
  3. Review your data July 14 through Sept 10, 2014: If you have concerns about your data's accuracy, this is the time to dispute and correct the data. Use the quick reference guide on how to initiate and dispute a record in the Open Payments system.               

More information about the Open Payments system is on the CMS website on the Open Payments and Physician pages. 

Revised Sept 1, 2014

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