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Open Payments review and dispute period ends May 15

April 13, 2017 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recommends dentists and other health care professionals view any data reported about them on Open Payments to ensure its accuracy.

CMS announced that the physician and teaching hospital review and dispute period for the 2016 Open Payments publication is open and will end May 15.

Review of the data is voluntary but is "strongly encouraged," according to a CMS web page.

Open Payments is a federal program, required by the Affordable Care Act, that collects information about certain payments and transfers of value that industries, such as certain drug and device companies and group purchasing organizations, make to doctors and teaching hospitals, such as travel, research, gifts, speaking fees and meals. It also includes ownership interests held by physicians or their immediate family members. This data is then made available to the public each year on

The CMS web page says, "Reviewing the data reported about you means you can see the payments drug or device companies say they made to you. If the data is wrong, you can dispute it and give drug or device companies the chance to fix the data before the public can see it. If you don't review, the public might see data that's wrong. The public will be able to see the data about you on June 30."

For more information, visit the Review and Dispute for Physicians and Teaching Hospitals web page. For questions, contact the Help Desk at or 1-855-326-8366.