Open Payments Physician and Teaching Hospital Review and Dispute Period Begins April 1

Program Year 2016 Open Payments Physician and Teaching Hospital Review and Dispute Period Begins April 1st

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish the Open Payments Program Year 2016 data and updates to the 2013, 2014, and 2015 program years on June 30, 2017.

Review and dispute for the Program Year 2016 Open Payments data publication begins on Saturday, April 1, 2017 and will last until May 15, 2017. Physicians and teaching hospitals must initiate their disputes during this 45-day review period in order for any disputes to be addressed before the June 30th publication.

Physician and teaching hospital review of the data is voluntary, but strongly encouraged. While the opportunity for physicians and teaching hospitals to dispute any data associated with them expires at the end of the calendar year in which the record is published, the disputes must be addressed during the 45-day review and dispute period, ending on May 15th, in order to be reflected in the June 30thpublication.

If You Have Never Registered In Open Payments Before:

Before you begin, make sure you have your National Provider Identifier (NPI) number, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) number, and State License Number (SLN). Initial registration is a two-step process and should take approximately 30 minutes:

  1. Register in the CMS Enterprise Identity Management System (EIDM);
  2. Register in the Open Payments system

For Users That Registered Last Year and Have Used Their Accounts in the Last 60 Days:

Physicians and teaching hospitals who registered last year do not need to reregister in the EIDM or the Open Payments system. If the account has been accessed within the last 60 days, go to the CMS Enterprise Portal, log in using your user ID and password, and navigate to the Open Payments system home page.

For Users That Registered Last Year but Have Been Inactive for More than 60 Days:

The EIDM locks accounts if there is no activity for 60 days or more. To unlock an account, go to the CMS Enterprise Portal, enter your user ID and correctly answer all challenge questions; you’ll then be prompted to enter a new password.

For Users That Registered Last Year but Have Been Inactive for More than 180 Days:

The EIDM deactivates accounts if there is no activity for 180 days or more. To reinstate an account that has been deactivated, contact the Open Payments Help Desk.

About The Author

Mr. Slocum is a senior member of the law firm of Slocum & Boddie, P.C., specializing in contract law, corporate issues, federal procurement and grant law, and executive estate planning. He has more than twenty years of experience and has represented hundreds of small businesses, universities, non-profit organizations, and even agencies of the federal Government. In addition, he has advised and trained universities, federal agencies and private businesses on management, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation, price and cost issues, contract administration, and other topics.

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