CMS refreshes Open Payments data

February 05, 2024

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently refreshed Open Payment to reflect changes to the data that have been made since the last update in June 2023. The updated dataset is now available for viewing at openpaymentsdata.cms.gov.

What is the Open Payments database?

Under federal law, drug and medical device manufacturers are required to report their financial interactions with physicians – including consulting fees, travel reimbursements, research grants and other gifts. Any payments, ownership interests and other “transfers of value” are reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for publication in the public Open Payments database.

Open Payments data is updated twice a year in January and June. The prior year’s data is published initially by June 30, and physicians are able to preview the data attributed to them during a 45-day, pre-publication review and dispute period that runs from April 1 to May 15.

CMS then refreshes the Open Payments data in January to include updates from disputes and other data corrections made since the initial publication of the data. 

The recently refreshed Open Payments Data Set includes:

  • Record Updates: Changes to non-disputed records made on or before November 15, 2023, are published.

  • Disputed Records: Dispute resolutions completed on or before December 31, 2023, are displayed with the updated information. Records with active disputes that were not resolved by December 31, 2023, are displayed as disputed.

  • Record Deletions: Records deleted before December 31, 2023, were removed from the Open Payments database. Records deleted after December 31, 2023, remained in the database, but will be removed during the next data publication in June 2024.

For more information, visit cms.gov/openpayments.

Also see: Physicians must post Open Payments notice on websites by Jan 1.


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