CMS announced August 15 that the Open Payments system is once again available for physicians and teaching hospitals to register, review and, as needed, dispute financial payment information received from health care manufacturers. The system was taken offline on August 3 to resolve a technical issue. To account for system down time, CMS is extending the time for physicians and teaching hospitals to review their records to September 8, 2014. The public website will be available on September 30, 2014.
Streamline Your Open Payments Registration
CMS has provided some tips on the registration process. These include:
Use Internet Explorer versions 8-10, Chrome or Firefox browsers
Consider answering “optional” questions during the registration process (skipping these questions can slow your registration).
The medical community expressed concern about the accuracy and integrity of the database, especially after glitches left the portal unusable for long periods of time. In a letter to CMS, the AMA, MSDC and other state and specialty medical societies asked CMS for a six-month delay of the public release of information.
Change Your Novitas Mailing Address Today
Don’t forget to change the Novitas mailing address in your records before August 26, 2014. Novitas Solutions has a new mailing address and physicians are urged to stop using the Novitas Solutions Camp Hill PO Boxes/ addresses and visit the Contact Us page to determine the appropriate Mechanicsburg, PA PO Boxes/ addresses. Sending claims and other correspondence to the wrong address will delay processing of your request and may impact timeliness. Mail received at the Camp Hill PO Boxes/ addresses will be returned effective August 26, 2014.