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Open Payments (Sunshine Act)

What Are Open Payments and the Sunshine Act?

The Sunshine Act is intended to promote transparency in the financial relationships between physicians and industry. Open Payments is a website were information about financial relationship between physician and industry is available to consumers.

Medicare Open Payments Look-up Tool

Can I review and dispute information reported about me?

Yes, to review information reported about you before it is published, and to dispute inaccurate or incomplete data, you must be a registered user in both the CMS Enterprise Portal (EIDM) and the Open Payments system. The registration is a two-step process:

STEP 1: Register in the CMS Enterprise Portal.

STEP 2: Register in the Open Payments system (accessible via the CMS Enterprise Portal). 

Refer to the Physician and Teaching Hospital Registration Quick Reference Guide for assistance with both steps.

What type of information is reported on Open Payments?

As of August 1, 2013, pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers begun tracking payments and gifts of $10 or more given to physicians and submit the data to CMS. In addition, pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers have to report physicians' ownership or investments in these organizations. Publicly traded securities (i.e. 401K) are excluded from the regulation and will not be reported to CMS.

Need More Help?

Visit the CMS official website for the Sunshine Act to learn more about Open Payments.

The American Medical Association's Sunshine Act web page provides a detailed overview of the regulation's key provisions, important dates, and offers tips to ensure accurate reporting.

Help desk/questions regarding the Sunshine Act can be directed to openpayments@cms.hhs.gov.

You can also refer to the Council of Medical Specialty Societies' Sunshine Act FAQs for additional information.


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