CMS Pre-Publication Open Payments Review and Dispute Deadline
One deadline that hasn’t changed due to COVID-19 is the Pre-Publication Open Payments Review and Dispute, set for May 15, 2020. The national disclosure program promotes transparency and accountability regarding financial relationships between providers and healthcare manufactures and group purchasing organizations (GPOs). The information is available to the public through the Open Payments Search Tool (https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/.)
The Open Payments Search Tool is used to search payments made by drug and medical device companies to physicians and teaching hospitals, according to CMS. Under the law, CMS must report payments from these companies to physicians in the prior year by June 30.
Practice representative will be required to log in to the CMS Enterprise Portal (https://portal.cms.gov/wps/portal/unauthportal/home/) to review and dispute Open Payments Dataset and access 60+ other CMS healthcare-based applications. For security purposes, CMS locks accounts that have not been accessed for 60 days and deactivates accounts not accessed in 6 months, so the physician may be required to re-register if the physician’s ID and password have expired. Additional instruction is available on the CMS.gov/openpayments portal.