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Apps help doctors track payments

August 19, 2013

Doctors, manufacturers, and Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) can track data for the federal Open Payments program through two apps released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program is part of the “Sunshine” provision of the Affordable Care Act.

These apps can be used to collect and store data on payments made to health care practitioners by health care product manufacturers.

While manufacturers and GPOs – not health care practitioners – are charged with reporting payment information to the government under the Open Payments program, health care practitioners can use the app to check the accuracy of information reported about them.

Use of the apps is entirely voluntary. Use of the apps does not constitute reporting of the information.

“Having this mobile tool at your fingertips will make data much simpler to track and report,” said Peter Budetti, M.D., J.D., CMS deputy administrator for program integrity. “The mobile apps are available to help physicians and others track payments and other information they receive throughout the year. This is intended to make annual reporting easier and ensure greater data accuracy. CMS’ foray into mobile technology is about providing user-friendly tools for doctors, manufacturers and others in the health care industry to use in working with us to implement the law.”

To download the mobile apps free of charge, for both Android and Apple platforms, visit the Google Play Store™ or iOS Apple™ Store and search for “Open Payments.”

For more information about the apps, visit go.cms.gov/openpayments.

For questions relating to Open Payments, email OpenPayments@cms.hhs.gov.

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