It’s not too late for physicians to initiate disputes of their 2013 data under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (also known as the “Open Payments” program). Even though the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly released most of the 2013 data Sept. 30, corrections can be made for the next data release. Physicians have until Dec. 31, 2014 to file disputes regarding their 2013 data.
Visit the CMS website to access an Open Payments “search by name” tool. This tool lets individual physicians see whether they received any reportable payments in 2013 prior to going through the cumbersome Open Payments registration process.