Doctors and teaching hospitals have until May 20, 2015, to review and dispute the data submitted by manufacturers and group purchasing organizations before it is included in the Open Payments database, developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide greater financial transparency.

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires manufacturers of drugs and medical devices that participate in U.S. federal healthcare programs to report to CMS certain payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals. Providers have the right to review the information and challenge reports that they deem false, inaccurate or misleading. According to CMS, all data for payments made in 2014 has been submitted by the drug and medical device manufacturers and will be included in the public database on June 30, 2015.

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