Public disclosure of payments to physicians and teaching hospitals from drug and device companies

This message is from Kiley Bybee, MBA, CJCP, assistant vice president for compliance, UI Health Care, and Patricia Winokur, MD, executive dean and senior associate dean for Clinical and Translational Science, UI Carver College of Medicine.

On June 29, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its Open Payments Program Year 2017 data.

Open Payments is a national disclosure program that reports the financial relationships between applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and health care providers (physicians and teaching hospitals). This information is made available to the public in order to promote greater transparency and accountability in health care.

To use the Open Payments data search tool, visit the Resources page on the CMS website:

  • From the Resources page, you can search the public view by physician name, teaching hospital, or company (registration not required).
  • Payments are sorted to separate research payments from general payments.
  • NOTE to physicians and hospital administrators: If you find something that you wish to dispute, and you missed the opportunity to participate in the April 1–May 15 review-and-dispute period, you have until Dec. 31 to review the publicly available data and dispute any inaccuracies.
  • You need to register to dispute a payment. For physicians and teaching hospitals registration has two main steps:

Another option for viewing published payments is Dollars for Docs, published by ProPublica, in which data is pulled from the CMS website and published in an easy-to-use format at this link: Dollars for Docs: How Industry Dollars Reach Your Doctors

For more information and a summary of payments, visit these links:

Please be reminded that under the UI Health Care Conflict of Interest Policy, donations of medical or educational equipment, supplies, resources, or programming require a written Letter of Agreement from industry to clarify intent and to document that no quid pro quo is expected. The agreement must be approved by the DEO prior to being forwarded to the VPMA/Conflict of Interest Office for signature.

Also, please be reminded that in accordance with the policy, industry support for educational scholarships or educational events, training, visiting professorships, and GME Stipends may only be provided in the form of unrestricted educational grants with monies going directly to the UI Foundation or into a department or division account.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact the UI Health Care Conflict of Interest Office at 384-5252 or coi@healthcare.uiowa.edu.

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