Physician Financial Transparency Reports (Sunshine Act)
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act is designed to increase transparency around the financial relationships between physicians, teaching hospitals and manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologics. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) fulfills the law's mandate via the Open Payments Program.
Manufacturers now must submit annual data on payment and transfers of value made to covered recipients. Physicians have 45 days to review their Open Payments data and dispute errors before public release. If the deadline is not met, physicians can still review and dispute errors and corrections will appear in the database's next scheduled update.
Review Open Payments Data
- Step 1: Complete CMS e-verification process today.
- Step 2: Register in the Open Payments Program.
- Step 3: Review your data and dispute errors
Share your experiences: Please let us know how your registration goes with the Open Payments Program by sending an e-mail to OpenPayments@ama-assn.org. Responses will be used in the AMA's ongoing advocacy efforts.
Consult the AMA's Sunshine Act Toolkit.
Download talking points for help in responding to general inquiries about the Sunshine Act.
Contact Open Payments Program help desk at email@example.com or call (855) 326-8366.
CMS created a free smartphone app for Apple® and Android platforms. To protect the privacy of the captured data, information will be stored on one device and cannot be backed up to a cloud or other devices. Physicians should also urge their industry contacts to use the app so they can capture the necessary information to ensure accurate reporting.