CMS Sunshine Act Website Now Open

[MMA News Now, June 5, 2014] As of June 1, physicians can go online to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) website to register for the Open Payments (formerly known as the Sunshine Act) program.

Although registration is voluntary, it is required if physicians or teaching hospitals want to be able to review and dispute any of the data reported about them. Registration for physicians and teaching hospitals will be conducted in two phases:
•    Phase 1 (began June 1) includes user registration in CMS' website.
•    Phase 2 (begins in July) includes physician and teaching hospital registration in the Open Payments system, and allows them to review and dispute data submitted by applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations (GPOs) prior to public posting of the data.  

Open Payments is a national disclosure program that promotes transparency by publishing the financial relationships between the medical industry and, physicians and hospitals on a publicly accessible website.  This public website, to be available no later than Sept. 30, 2014, will be organized and designed to increase access to and knowledge about these relationships and to provide information to enable consumers to make informed decisions.

In the coming weeks, CMS will provide additional guidance about how to complete the CMS registration process, and when Phase 2 registration and the review and dispute process will begin for physicians and teaching hospitals.

Read an MMA blog post about the Sunshine Act here.

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