Physician Payment Sunshine Act/Open Payments

Open Payments is a federally run transparency program that will increase public awareness of financial relationships between the health care industry and physicians by collecting and making public any payments or transfers of value between drug and device manufacturers and physicians or teaching hospitals. It's important that you, as the physician, know about this program, what's reported about you, and how you can answer questions from your patients.


Part One: CMS Identity Management registration

User Guides for part one
CMS Portal Registration User Guide (excerpts from published guide)
Request for Access User Guide (excerpts from published guide)

Part Two: Open Payments System Registration

  • Use CMS Identity Management registration credentials to register in the Open Payments System

User Guide for part two
Open Payments Registration User Guide (CMS)

Part One and Two Abbreviated Registration Instructions Open Payments Quick Reference Guide - Physician Registration (CMS)

Review and Dispute

  • The opportunity to review and dispute inaccurate payments closed September 10, 2014 for the 2013 calendar year payment reports
  • The review and dispute period for 2014 calendar year payments and for 2013 calendar payments that were withheld from publication due to data errors has yet to be determined by CMS. The approximate date for review and dispute will begin at least 60 days prior to publication on June 30, 2015
  • Please register, review, and dispute payments as early as possible in order to allow additional time for technical issues and to allow sufficient time for disputes.
  • Failure to register will result in a lost opportunity to dispute and correct data that will be subject to public disclosure.
  • It is also important that you update your KUMC and/or KUH COI disclosures, if needed, as it could impact research funding and research administration.
  • Review and Dispute User Guide (CMS)

Quick Tips for Open Payments System Users

  • Users cannot save entries to complete at a later time.
  • The system times out after 15 minutes of inactivity, and it does not have an auto-save feature.
  • Use Internet Explorer versions 8-10. Currently, the Open Payments system is not optimized for the Safari, Firefox, or Chrome browsers.
  • Using your browser's navigation buttons during the data correction process may delete information you have entered.

Physician Payment Sunshine Act/Open Payment Information

CMS Physician and Teaching Hospitals Home Page

Fact Sheets

2013 Calendar Year Information

CMS Data Explorer - Summary Data published September 30, 2014

  • Identified records are records which were both:
    • Matched by CMS to a single doctor or teaching hospital, and
    • Available for review and dispute for 45 days.
  • De-identified records are records that either:
    • Were not matched by CMS to a single doctor or teaching hospital due to missing or inconsistent information within the submitted records; or
    • Were not available for review and dispute for 45 days.

Data Errors - Intermingled Data Fix: Manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) submitted intermingled data, such as the wrong state license number or national provider identifier (NPI), for physicians with the same last and first names. This erroneously linked physician data in the Open Payments system. CMS has implemented system fixes to resolve the issue. These records will be published on June 30, 2015.

Disputed Data Update: These disputes were initiated by physicians and teaching hospitals during the review and dispute period held earlier this year. Corrective action taken by industry prior to October 31 will be reflected in the refreshed data publication on or before December 31, 2014. Disputes that remain unresolved as of October 31, 2014 will display as disputed. Any record that was disputed and resolved as of October 31, 2014 will display as undisputed

Mobile App: Open Payments Mobile for Physicians

The goal of the app is to make tracking payment information easier and more convenient, and to improve the accuracy of payment information by tracking payments as they occur throughout the year. The app can be used for personal information collection and storage only; it will not interact with CMS systems.

Download the mobile app to your Android-based smartphone at the Google Play Store online or on your phone and Search for Open Payments Mobile for Physicians. For iPhone, visit the iOS Store and Search for Open Payments Mobile for Physicians.

Last modified: Dec 10, 2014