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Dentists can register on government website to review and dispute manufacturer reports

July 17, 2014 Registration is open on a federal government website that allows dentists, other health professionals and teaching hospitals to review and dispute data being reported about them by that manufacturers and group purchasing organizations for payments, transfers and ownership interests.

Registration in the Open Payments system is voluntary but dentists who do not will not be able to review the information and dispute inaccurate information before its posted on the public website beginning Sept. 30. The deadline for reviewing and disputing any 2013 data is Aug. 27 and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recommends completing the process as soon as possible.

CMS intends the Open Payments program to help the public better understand the relationships between industry, doctors and teaching hospitals. While CMS concedes that some collaboration between these groups is beneficial, financial transactions between them can introduce conflicts of interest, according to CMS.

Open Payments is intended to encourage financial transparency; reveal the nature and extent of relationships; prevent inappropriate influence on research, education and clinical decision-making; avoid conflicts of interest that can compromise clinical integrity and patient care; and minimize the risk of increased health care costs.

To learn more or to register, visit the Open Payments website.