CMS Updates Open Payments Data and Improves Website

Members & Publications


February 11, 2016

On January 19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Open Payments data set, consistent with the values we published on June 30, 2015. The total value before this update was $9.9 billion. The updated Open Payments data set reflects changes made to records, changes to delays in publication flags, changes to disputed records, and records that were deleted.

This financial data was submitted by applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations. Every year, CMS will update the Open Payments data at least once to include updates from disputes and other data corrections made since the initial publication of the data. The updates affect all types of payments or transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals and physician ownership or investment interests.

The Open Payments Data website has been enhanced by adding:  

  • A homepage tool where you can search for a doctor by name
  • A snapshot of Open Payment facts
  • Sections to explore and download data

Visit the Open Payments website for more information. If you have questions, contact the Help Desk at or (855) 326-8366, Monday-Friday, from 9 am-5 pm (ET).

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.