The Open Payments Web site is live with the first round of data available to help consumers understand financial relationships between physicians and businesses, particularly drug and device manufacturers. How helpful the information will be is a legitimate concern.

The go-live comes despite substantial problems with data integrity that have bedeviled the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and caused it to withhold one-third percent of the information gathered from companies until next spring. Further, 40 percent of the records published on Sept. 30 are de-identified because CMS could not match information or records were not available for review and dispute purposes.

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