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CMS Opens Physician Registration for Sunshine Act

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 2, 2014

The process is going forward despite the protestations of the American Medical Association, which has complained that CMS "has missed nearly every deadline laid out in the law and regulations to implement it."

The first part of a two-stage federal registration process for physicians and teaching hospitals that want to review or dispute payments and gifts they received from drug and medical device makers opened on June 1.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced earlier this year that on Sept. 30 it will make public "transfers of value" reported by vendors under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

Providers will have the opportunity to dispute the vendors' claims before the reports go public, but only if they register this summer. The vendors' reports are expected to be made available to providers sometime in July, CMS said in a media release.

The first step is for physicians and teaching hospitals to register using CMS's Enterprise Portal, which is the gateway to CMS's Enterprise Management system so they can access the information provided by the industry.

Phase 2 begins in July and allows physician and teaching hospital registration in the Open Payments system to review and dispute data submitted manufacturers and group purchasing organizations before the data goes public.

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