The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Aug. 28 that it will once again shut down the Open Payments System, a new database disclosing financial relationships between physicians and drug and device manufacturers. The system will be offline for periods of time on August 30 and September 5.
CMS originally took the system offline on Aug. 3 to resolve a technical issue and announced Aug. 15 that it reopened the Open Payments database after the agency conducted a full investigation into a physician complaint which found that manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) submitted intermingled data, such as the wrong state license number or national provider identifier, for physicians with the same last and first names, erroneously linking physician data.
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