Question:

What are the objectives of the Open Payments program?

Answer:

The Open Payments Program provides the public with further information about the financial relationships between physicians and teaching hospitals and applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Specifically, the program:

  • Fosters transparency about these financial ties
  • Offers information on the type and extent of the relationships
  • Tries to identify relationships that can both lead to the development of beneficial new technologies and wasteful healthcare spending
  • Aims to prevent inappropriate influence on research, education and clinical decision making

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