CMS Hopes to Improve Access to Open Payments Data

To make it easier to search the recently published Open Payments data, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a beta version of the Open Payments search tool. CMS is providing a simple to use search tool and asking for your feedback on ways to improve it. This new tool provides the ability to search identified data for physicians, teaching hospitals or companies making payments by name, city, state and specialty. Upon performing a search, the returned results will include all three payments types (general payments, research payments and ownership in companies) on one screen. Over the coming weeks, the search tool will continue to be developed to include more functionality with the objective of providing added value to users. Additional enhancements already in the works include displays of summary data, charts, graphs and more detailed data.


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