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Doctor Payment Website Is Back on Schedule After Bogus Data Are Discovered

Doctor Payment Website Is Back on Schedule After Bogus Data Are Discovered
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Federal officials say an unexpected one-week halt to the testing of a  government website that will detail medical-industry payments to doctors and teaching hospitals will not interfere with the portal’s planned Sept. 30 public launch.

The website, called Open Payments, is in a review phase in which only doctors and hospitals can register—to check whether information reported about them is accurate before it’s made public. The site was shut down suddenly last week after a physician complained it was mixing information about him with another doctor with the same name in a different state. An electrophysiologist in Louisville publicly shared his experience of finding such an error.