CMS Delays Release of Some Doctor Records on Transparency Website

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Friday that a third of the records in a database showing physician ties with the drug and medical industry have errors and will not be made public in September.

“CMS is returning about one-third of submitted records to the manufacturers and [group purchasing organizations] because of intermingled data, and will include these records in the next reporting cycle,” said agency spokesman Aaron Albright.

“Manufacturers will have to resubmit the data and it will become public after the manufacturers correct the data and physicians get a chance to review and dispute the data,” he added.

The announcement is only the latest setback for CMS’s Open Payments System, slated to become public in September.

CMS took the database offline earlier this month after realizing a glitch in the system mistakenly allowed doctors with the same name to view each other’s information.

Earlier Friday the agency said it had fixed that problem but didn’t disclose until much later in the day that part of the solution involved removing a huge chunk of the records.