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 CMS’ Open Payments Program Posts 2015 Financial Data


 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the 2015 Open Payments (sometimes called the “Sunshine Act”) data, along with newly submitted and updated payment records for 2013 and 2014, at
The Open Payments program requires that transfers of value by drug, device, biological, and medical supply manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals be published on a public website.
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In program year 2015, healthcare industry manufacturers reported $7.52 billion in payments and ownership and investment interests to physicians and teaching hospitals. This amount is comprised of 11.90 million total records attributable to 618,931 physicians and 1,116 teaching hospitals. To find out what any doctor received in 2015, click here.
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4 Responses

  1. Changes to Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in 2017
    [5 Takeaways]​

    1. CMS will begin gathering data on postoperative visits.
    2. The agency made changes to provider/supplier requirements for Medicare Part C.
    3. CMS finalized its proposal to expand eligible telehealth services.
    4. CMS will improve data transparency.
    5. The agency revised the methodology used to calculate geographic practice cost indices.

    Source: Becker’s Hospital Review


  2. We’ve Updated Dollars for Docs
    [Here’s What’s New]

    ProPublica has been publishing data on conflicts of interest in medicine since 2010.

    They’ve updated their Dollars for Docs database with billions of dollars in payments made last year.



  3. The top 10 companies spending the most in payments to physicians in 2015

    1. Genentech, Inc. $727M
    2. Depuy Synthes Products LLC $167M
    3. Stryker Corporation $153M
    4. Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc. $147M
    5. Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals LP $145M
    6. Pfizer, Inc. $128M
    7. Arthrex, Inc. $108M
    8. Medtronic Vascular, Inc. $106M
    9. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $106M
    10. Allergan Inc. $105M

    Source: Pro Publica


  4. Review Your Open Payments Data Before it Becomes Available to the Public

    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 began 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 initiated during this 45-day review and dispute period, ending on May 15th, in order to be reflected in the June 30th publication.

    Source: CMS via Dr.Joseph Borreggine via PM


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