The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held two webinars today for applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations (GPOs) related to the Open Payments registration and data submission processes. With regard to data submission, CMS announced that there are two resources that will be available:
- Submission File Specifications, which list the data elements to be collected for each of the three payment types (i.e., general payments, research payments, ownership/investment interests). This information is currently available here.
- Schema and Sample Files, which will provide the exact format and layout of the files that will be accepted by the Open Payments system. This information will be available by the end of November and announced via the CMS Open Payments list serve.
The Open Payments system will allow both manual data entry through a graphic user interface and bulk data upload using XML or CSV files. For XML data submissions, one XML schema definition will be used for each of the three payment types. For CSV data submissions, three CSV files will be used, one for each payment type. The maximum file size for bulk data uploads is 250MBs per file, and there is no limit to the number of files that may be submitted.
When data is submitted to the Open Payment system, whether submitted through manual entry or bulk data upload, users will be notified immediately if there are entry/upload errors that need to be corrected. Additionally, payment records may be deleted from the Open Payments system on a per record basis or as a whole.
CMS will hold a follow-up webinar on December 3, 2013 at 1 PM Eastern for additional questions regarding registration and data submission. Participants are encouraged to submit questions for this meeting to Openpayments@cms.hhs.gov by November 30, 2013.