Open Payments Program Year 2018 Data Refresh

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 10:11 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS Updates Open Payments Data

Today, January 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Open Payments dataset to reflect changes to the data that took place since the last publication in June 2019. The updated dataset is now available for viewing at

CMS updates the Open Payments data at least once annually to include updates from disputes and other data corrections made since the initial publication of the data. The refreshed Open Payments Data Set includes:

  • Record Updates: Changes to non-disputed records that were made on or before November 15, 2019, are published.
  • Disputed Records: Dispute resolutions completed on or before December 31, 2019 are displayed with the updated information. Records with active disputes that remained unresolved as of December 31, 2019 are displayed as disputed.
  • Record Deletions: Records deleted before December 31, 2019 were removed from the Open Payments database. Records deleted after December 31, 2019, remained in the database, but will be removed during the next data publication in June 2020.

The following is not included in the data refresh:

  • Any records submitted to the Open Payments system for the first time after the close of the Program Year 2018 submission window (March 31, 2019). 
  • Any records that were disputed and for which dispute resolution resulted in a change to the covered recipient.

Note: Updates not included in the refresh are due to the requirement that covered recipients must be provided an opportunity to review data attributed to them for accuracy. For more information about the Open Payments Program timeline, visit

This financial data was submitted by applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs).

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Open Payments Website Updates

CMS is pleased to announce that the Open Payments search tool ( was updated with the following features:

Entity Profile Updates

  • The profile pages for companies, physicians and teaching hospitals were redesigned to present the payment data in a dashboard format.
  • Users can apply filters to sort the data by year, payment type, entity making or receiving payment, and nature of payment which updates the data sections.

Query Builder Renamed “Advanced Search”

  • The Query Builder has been renamed to “Advanced Search” and remains located on the Open Payments search tool homepage.
  • The advanced search features and autocomplete for entity lookup and an improved searching experience.

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Questions – Contact Live Help Desk

Submit questions to the Help Desk via email at or by calling 1-855-326-8366 (TTY Line: 1-844-649-2766), Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), excluding Federal holidays.

The Help Desk refers media inquiries to CMS’ Press Office for response. 

Visit the Resources page on the Open Payments website for many of the above resources.

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