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Physician Payments Sunshine Act

"Sunshine" Regulations on Reporting Payments to Physicians and Teaching Hospitals

Latest Update

The Open Payments system is now available for Program Year 2017. Teaching hospitals and physicians may participate in the review and dispute process between April 1-May 15, 2018. Data will be made publically available on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's (CMS) Open Payments website on June 30, 2018.

Resources for Program Year 2017

Opportunity to Provide Feedback on the Open Payments Program

The AAMC is currently working to identify ways in which the Open Payments program and website could be enhanced or modified, and will share these suggestions with CMS. Please click here to provide feedback.


CMS' rule entitled, "Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests" also known as the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, requires applicable manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals, or medical supplies to report to CMS on an annual basis certain payments or transfers of value made to physicians or teaching hospitals. It also requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to disclose physician ownership or investment interests. The data are published annually on the CMS "Open Payments" website. Physicians and teaching hospitals have the opportunity to review and dispute the payments reported about them before the data is made publicly available.

Resources for Program Year 2016 (archived)

On June 30, 2017, CMS published Program Year 2016 data in addition to refreshed data from previous years (2013-2015). On January 17, 2018, the data was refreshed to reflect changes following the initial June 2017 data publication. Click here to view the 2016 program data.

General Resources

AAMC Resources

Additional Resources and Talking Points

The AAMC FOCI Academe Open Payments Working Group has developed three templates to be used as resources for communicating the requirements of the Sunshine Regulations. A