AMA: Extend Deadline for Docs to Review Sunshine Act Database

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  • August 18 2014, 7:21am EDT

Although the Open Payments system is once again available online for physicians to review financial payment information received from pharmaceutical and device manufacturers under the Sunshine Act, the American Medical Association is calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide doctors with more time to challenge records in the database that they deem inaccurate.

CMS announced Aug. 15 that it reopened the Open Payments database after the system was taken offline on Aug. 3 to resolve a technical issue. To account for system downtime, CMS is extending the deadline for physicians to register and dispute their records from Aug. 27 to Sept. 8, 2014 to provide them with a full 45-day review period. However, in order to “get proper participation in the program to ensure all data reported is fair and accurate,” AMA is asking CMS to significantly expand the timeframe for registration and data correction until March 31, 2015.

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