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Register to review payment data through CMS

April 09, 2015 Dentists and other health care providers can now review and dispute data reported about them by manufacturers and group purchasing organizations for payments, transfers and ownership interests.

Certain manufacturers of drugs, biological, devices and medical supplies makers are required to report certain payments and transfers of value made to physicians, including dentists, and teaching hospitals on an annual basis as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Open Payments Program. Registration is voluntary but CMS encourages it so that physicians and teaching hospitals can review and, if necessary, dispute payments before the information is made public on June 30.

The 2015 review and dispute period began on April 6 and lasts for 45 days. After the review and dispute period officially ends, physicians and teaching hospitals can continue to register and initiate disputes, but changes to reports will not be publicly displayed until the next reporting cycle.

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 review data, physicians and teaching hospitals must register in both the CMS Enterprise Portal and the Open Payments system by visiting cms.gov/openpayments. The ADA has prepared FAQs to help members understand the new law.