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CMS Announces Mobile Device Applications to Assist Health Care Providers in Tracking Financial Relationships.

Jennifer Kirchner | July 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two free mobile device applications available to track payments and other financial transactions reportable under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act), also known as the “OPEN PAYMENTS” program.  One application is designed for group purchasing organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and device manufacturers, who are required to report financial data pursuant to the Sunshine Act.  The second application is designed for physicians, who are not required to report data under the Sunshine Act, but may wish to validate reports submitted by manufacturers. 

The applications are compatible with iOS (Apple™) and Android platforms and are available through the iOS (Apple™) and Google Play™ Stores.  The applications will allow users to validate data and track payments and other transfers of value in real-time.  In addition, the applications will transfer user profiles and high level information associated with the transaction and store personal contact information.  Users should be aware that financial data loaded into the applications cannot be used for direct data reporting to CMS.  Further, CMS will not validate the accuracy of data stored in the applications.

 The press release announcing the “OPEN PAYMENTS” applications is available at:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  “CMS Announces New ‘OPEN PAYMENTS’ Mobile Applications to Assist Physicians & Industry in Tracking Financial Relationships.”  Press Release.  17 Jul. 2013.

About the Author

Jennifer Kirchner is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Wisconsin. Ms. Kirchner has expertise in assessing provider compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, the False Claims Act, HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and clinical research laws and regulations.