CMS releases Program Year 2019 Open Payments data

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced June 30 that it has published the Open Payments Program Year 2019 data, along with updated data for previous years.

CMS describes Open Payments as a national disclosure program that promotes a more transparent and accountable health care system by making the financial relationships between applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations and health care providers available to the public. These payments include things like speaking fees, research, travel, gifts, meals and ownership interests in drug and device companies.

The Program Year 2019 data showed $10.03 billion in payments, ownership and investment interests made by applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to physicians and teaching hospitals. There was a total of 10.98 million total records attributable to 614,910 physicians and 1,196 teaching hospitals.

CMS is scheduled to republish the data with updates in early 2021. For more information on the data or the Open Payments program, visit the website.