Physician Payments Sunshine Act Preview Period Starts July 14

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that July 14 is the first day that physicians and teaching hospitals can preview reports of the payments they received from industry from August 1 through December 31, 2013. Under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, payments to physicians and teaching hospitals must be reported by manufacturers and distributers of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products prescribed to patients and paid for by one of the federal health care programs.

Physicians and teaching hospitals will have until August 27 to preview and dispute information contained within the reports. After the close of the 45-day period, there is an additional 15-day period that physicians and teaching hospitals can use to continue to work with industry to resolve disputes. The reports will be made available to the public on September 30.

To preview your report, you must first create an account through the Enterprise Portal, a system designed to verify your identity. You must then register specifically with the Open Payments System. Instructions for both phases of registration are available at Educational resources from CMS will be coming soon. Additional information is available on

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