On Friday, August 15, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had reopened the Open Payments system for physicians, teaching hospitals, and authorized representatives to register and review data. CMS had previously taken the system offline to investigate a report of data matching errors. A physician had complained to CMS when, upon logging into the CMS Open Payments portal to view the data submitted by industry about him, he could see payments for another doctor. After a full investigation, CMS released the following statement:
"CMS took swift action to close the system and fully investigate issues which indicated possible data matching errors within the Open Payments system. Applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) submitted intermingled data, such as the wrong state license number or national provider identifier (NPI), for physicians with the same last and first names. This erroneously linked physician data in the Open Payments system. After careful review, CMS implemented a system modification that included more enhanced algorithms and validation checks to resolve the issues, and verified that the physician identifiers used by the applicable manufacturer or GPO are accurate, and that all payment records are attributed to a single physician. Incorrect payment transactions have been removed from the current review and dispute process and this data will not be published this year."
While CMS has not released an official statement as to what will happen to incorrect payment transactions that are not being displayed or published this year, a representative has indicated this data will need to be updated and resubmitted.