Global Healthcare Innovator
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In the rush to get away for Independence celebrations, inexplicable Sunshine Act, Open Payments data has been released by CMS.
The open healthcare data experts, WorldDataOnline, spent the 4th July weekend scrutinizing the latest Open Payments records. Conclusions are concerning and require immediate clarification from CMS.
It appears that in the latest Open Payments data (2015), approximately 330,000 doctors have the wrong location details matched as their primary address. Compared to the 2014 data the practice location (as defined by the 5 digit zip code) has changed for approx. 40% of the physician database.
What have we done about the findings?
WorldDataOnline identified the potential issue on Thursday afternoon and immediately contacted CMS requesting clarification. Further contact was made after the 4th July and as of yet, no official response has been received.
Our data team have been working to accurately match the true physician location for the 2015 Open Payments data using the underlying entries made by manufacturers and GPOs. This is now complete and we are making the corrected Open Payment Physician Supplement file available free of charge. In addition, we are also making available a paid for file, cross-linking physician profile ID to NPI. If you would like to receive either file simply, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and make the request.
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