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Physician and Teaching Hospital Registration Starts June 1, 2014

May 2, 2014
Ruselle W. Robinson

CMS has announced that it will open voluntary registration under the Sunshine Act for physicians and teaching hospitals on June 1, 2014.

While CMS is encouraging physicians and teaching hospitals to participate, registration is not required. However, only registered physicians and teaching hospitals will be allowed to review and dispute payment and physician ownership data they believe to be incomplete or inaccurate before CMS releases the data in September. The CMS announcement can be found at:  https://www.cms.gov/regulations-and-guidance/legislation/national-physician-payment-transparency-program/physicians.html

The voluntary registration process will have two phases: 

Phase 1  Begins June 1 and will include user registration through the CMS Enterprise Portal. CMS reports it will provide additional information about Phase 1 in the coming weeks.   

Phase 2  Will begin in July. Registered physicians and teaching hospitals will be given an opportunity to review and dispute payment and physician ownership data submitted by industry (i.e., applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations). Industry must correct any inaccurate or incomplete data if the dispute is resolved within time frames established by CMS. Data that is disputed, but not corrected, will be marked as disputed when CMS releases it to the public. See my post of April 3, 2014 for an overview of the CMS dispute and resolution process.

I will provide updates as information becomes available.

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