Open Payment System Maintenance; Time to Dispute Extended to September 10

The Open Payments system will be shut down during a series of scheduled maintenance upgrades. Due to these shut downs, the deadline to file a dispute has been extended to September 10. Please plan accordingly:

Saturday, August 30, 2014
1:00am to 11:00am
and
Saturday, September 5, 2014
Time not specified.

MSNJ along with more than 100 medical societies signed on to a letter to CMS asking for a six month delay in the public release of the Open Payments data. When the data is released next month, one-third of the records will be withheld due to data inconsistencies. In an email written to Propublica, CMS spokesman Aaron Albright stated, “CMS is returning about one-third of submitted records to the manufacturers and [group purchasing organizations] because of intermingled data, and will include these records in the next reporting cycle.” These records will be posted in June 2015. September 30 will still be the first public release date, despite the temporary shutdown of the website, and will include payments made from August 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Read more.

Having trouble registering? Check out MSNJ’s archived webinars with speaker Jennifer Searfoss, Esq of Searfoss Consulting Group, LLC. Listen as Jen walks you through the process step-by-step.
• Part 1 covers Step 1 of the registration process. The Sunshine Act is Here: Open Payments Web Portal Registration
• Part 2 covers Step 2 of the registration process as well as the dispute mechanism. Sunshine Act: Financial Interest Data Disclosure: Refuting Open Payments Data

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About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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