The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the Open Payments Program Year 2019 data, along with newly submitted and updated payment records from previous program years. CMS published $10.03 billion in payments and ownership and investment interests to physicians and teaching hospitals, and this amount comprises 10.98 million total records attributable to 614,910 physicians and 1,196 teaching hospitals.
Payments are reported in three major reporting categories. The amounts reported in the three categories for the 2019 Program Year are:
- $3.56 billion in general payments
- $5.23 billion in research payments
- $1.24 billion of ownership or investment interests held by physicians or their immediate family members
Open Payments is a national disclosure program that aims to promote transparency and accountability in the U.S. health care system by making information available to the public about payments to physicians and teaching hospitals, which are reported to CMS by applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology also encourages their members to check or update the accuracy of the disclosures they make to ASCO at coi.asco.org. ASCO does not report information to CMS and does not receive information from CMS.
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