CMS Vows Less Mess In New Round Of Open Payments

By Jeff Overley (January 15, 2015, 2:43 PM EST) -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday supplied fresh details on the looming second round of its Open Payments program, promising "major changes" to avoid confusion that marred the inaugural disclosure of payments to doctors and teaching hospitals by drug and device makers.

On a national call with manufacturers, CMS officials said their most robust improvements will be aimed at ensuring reported payments are attributed to the correct doctors. Last year, there were extensive problems with matching names and identification numbers, leading to 40 percent of records being published without identifying information — anonymity CMS said it intends...

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