Open Payments/Sunshine Act

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Open Payments), a part of the Affordable Care Act, requires domestic drug and device manufacturers to report any payments made to physicians or academic medical centers to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), with certain exceptions.

During the months of April and May, 2015, physicians and teaching hospitals can voluntarily review the data reported to CMS for the 2014 calendar year. However, at this time, CMS has not yet announced a specific deadline in May, and therefore, should you chose to do so, it is important to review your data sooner rather than later. The data will be made publically available on June 30, 2015.

In order to review this data before it is published, phsyicians must register with CMS in their Enterprise Portal. A walkthrough of the physician registration process is available here.

If you have any specific questions regarding Open Payments or would like to request an in-person training session, please contact the COI office at



UTMB is dedicated to maintaining high standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability in our conduct, whether it involves research activities, clinical practice, institutional decision-making, or engaging in outside activities by our faculty and employees.

The Conflict of Interest Program within UTMB's Office of Institutional Compliance supports outside interactions of UTMB faculty, professional staff, students and employees with federal, state, and local governments, foundations and non-profit organizations, and with business and industry as important parts of their research, education, and public service activities.

However, the ever-increasing complexity of our society and the various relationships between faculty members and outside institutions require attention to ensure the avoidance of real or apparent conflict of interest issues.

On this site you will find helpful information and links to relevant UTMB policies and guidance governing conflicts of interest and ethical standards of conduct, as well as educational and training resources.

For more information regarding new IHOP Policy 6.5.3, Individual Conflicts of Interest, Conflict of Commitment, and Outside Activities, please click on the links below: