Sunshine Act-CMS Open Payments Website Now Open to the Public
Today, September 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments website opens to the public under the federal Sunshine Act. This database contains information from pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers regarding payments to physicians for services. We strongly urge Mount Sinai Health System physicians to comply with the following three action items regarding Open Payments:
- If you have not already done so, you must register in the system so that you can review, and if necessary, dispute, the data provided about you. The deadline to dispute any reported payments is December 31, 2014. This will be included in the 2015 Open Payments database.
To register, use the Step-by-Step CMS Enterprise Portal Registration for Physicians and Teaching Hospitals at http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/National-Physician-Payment-Transparency-Program/Downloads/Phys-Teaching-Hosp-Phase-1-EIDM-Registration-Steps-[June-2014].pdf; please have your NPI and EIDM numbers readily available to complete the registration process.
For CMS guidance go to the Open Payments website, http://go.cms.gov/openpayments.
To ask CMS questions or to discuss concerns, contact the Open Payments Help Desk at OpenPayments@cms.hhs.gov.
- If you receive any inquiries from the news media regarding Open Payments or the Sunshine Act, please immediately direct them to the Mount Sinai Press Office at 212-241-9200 (ext. 49200) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ensure that your annual Report of Relationships to Outside Entities on Sinai Central is complete and up to date. This will be extremely important if any inquiries are made.
If you have questions or concerns, please call Mount Sinai's Conflicts of Interest Helpline at 212-241-0845 (ext. 40845), or contact Kenneth Brower at email@example.com or 212-241-4071 (ext.44071).
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