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CMS' Open Payments Rules and Database

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

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2017 Program Year Data Published

On June 29, CMS published on the Open Payments website, 2017 program year data along with newly submitted and updated payment information for years 2013-2016. If you missed the opportunity to participate in the April 1-May 15, 2018 review and dispute period, physicians and teaching hospitals have until December 31, 2018 to review the publicly available data and dispute any inaccuracies. Open Payments data will be refreshed in January 2019 to include changes that have been made after the June 30th data publication. Please see below for helpful resources such as the 2017 Data Publication Tutorial.

Open Payments Physician and Teaching Hospital Educational Resources

The CMS Open Payments team in consultation with the AAMC Forum on Conflict of Interest (FOCI) Steering Committee have developed educational resources for your use (Physician Sides ) (Teaching Hospital Slides ).

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.

Resources for Program Year 2017


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 are 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