Advocacy & Practice Updates — Advocacy & Practice
CMS Publishes 2019 Open Payment Data
CMS has published data from program year 2019 on its Open Payments website. The Open Payments program, authorized under the Sunshine Act, requires that drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) report payments or transfers of value to physicians or teaching hospitals in excess of $10. In total, applicable manufacturers and GPOs made $10.03 billion in payments, including ownership and investment interests, in 2019. CMS noted in its data release that the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted normal operations for both reporting entities and recipients, so has also published an FAQ on the Open Payments website related to the pandemic.