Today, CMS released the first installment of Open Payments data, listing drug and device companies’ payments to physicians and teaching hospitals during the last five months of 2013. According to the CMS Press Release, “the data contains 4.4 million payments valued at nearly $3.5 billion attributable to 546,000 individual physicians and almost 1,360 teaching hospitals.”
Currently, about 40 percent of records are de-identified due to inconsistent physician information. CMS plans to add additional data as records are corrected, as well as provide tools for users to search and analyze the data. ProPublica released an article detailing several caveats users should keep in mind about the first installment of Open Payments.
The dataset is available at https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/.