CMS Open Payments System Unavailable in January
January 5, 2015—The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) advised that the registration, data submission, and review and dispute functions within the Open Payments system will be unavailable beginning January 1 through late January 2015. During this time, CMS will be implementing system enhancements and preparations for the 2014 program year that will improve functionality. CMS noted that this does not impact the overall timeframe of the 2014 program. Importantly, the registration function in the CMS Enterprise Portal (EIDM) is still open. CMS will be featuring testing and user group calls in order to take positive steps for all user functionality.
According to the CMS notification, while the Open Payments system will be unavailable, stakeholders will continue to be able to view Open Payments data and use the data search tool on the CMS website at www.cms.gov/openpayments. EIDM registration will continue to be available throughout this period for reporting entities, physicians, and teaching hospitals to continue to register in the EIDM. Assistance in completing EIDM registration is available on the Resource page of the Open Payments website.
CMS stated that when the system becomes available once again, a number of enhancements will be operational.
For applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations, records that are not successfully matched to a physician or teaching hospital will be identified as records in error that need to be corrected and resubmitted before final submission and attestation. This change removes the record status of “unmatched” and the option for attesters to override records that are unmatched. In addition, new matching logic will be implemented that will prompt records previously in an “on hold” status to be moved through the final submission process.
For physicians, the status of “conditionally approved” will no longer exist. Physician profiles that do not successfully pass vetting will now return errors that the physician must correct before proceeding in the Open Payments system.
CMS will provide detailed guidance on these and other enhancements to the Open Payments system in upcoming documentation and question-and-answer sessions beginning in January 2015. CMS anticipates that the Open Payments system will reopen for 2014 registration and data submission shortly after these system preparations are completed, the agency stated.