Open Payments website plagued by delays, difficulties

The site, which is supposed to make transparent payments between drugmakers and physicians, is slated to be made public by Sept. 30. But as the deadline nears, the pharmaceutical industry is pressing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to be more transparent in explaining what's going on with the database.

Fox News: Another Obamacare Website Suffers Delays, Glitches Ahead Of Launch Date
Thought HealthCare.gov had problems? Another federal government-run website created under ObamaCare is suffering the same symptoms as the troubled federal health care exchange -- grappling with delays, data problems and other hiccups as the deadline to take it public nears. At issue is a database known as the Open Payments website. It was created under the Affordable Care Act to shed light on the financial ties between doctors and pharmaceutical companies as well as device manufacturers (8/26).

The Wall Street Journal's Pharmalot: Pharma Tells The Federal Government: Transparency Works Both Ways
File this under "how ironic." Drug makers are asking for more transparency from the government agency that is requiring them to be more transparent about how much they pay doctors. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, is calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to further explain why the agency has removed one-third of the payment information from an online database that is due to be made public by Sept. 30 (Loftus, 8/26).


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