Dollars for Docs: Talk With Your Doctor

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ProPublica's Dollars for Docs database lets you search for payments to U.S.-based doctors made by pharmaceutical and medical device companies between August 2013 and December 2016. The disclosure of these payments is required under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.


About This Information

  • The information that appears here comes directly from the federal government. Companies must attest to its accuracy and doctors have the ability to contest information they believe is in error.
  • This site includes payments for such activities as speaking, consulting, meals, travel and royalties. It does not include payments for clinical research.
  • It is legal for companies to make payments to doctors as long as the payments are not a kickback or inducement to use their products.
  • Some doctors say collaborative relationships, particularly those involving research, are necessary to develop new treatments and cures. But many ethicists have raised questions about the payments, and studies show that they may influence doctors' prescribing decisions.
  • Only you can decide if this matters to you and if so, whether you want to talk to your doctor about it. If you plan to talk with your doctor (or if you already have), please help us by filling out this short survey: <a href='https://propub.li/participate-d4d'>propub.li/participate-d4d</a>

Preparing for Your Conversation

If you decide you'd like to talk to your doctor about this, please keep in mind:

  • Many healthcare professionals in our database have similar names, so you should start by asking your doctor if the person mentioned in this payment record is really him/her.
  • Your doctor may not know he or she is listed as receiving payments, especially if the payments are small. You can direct your doctor to this site (the URL will be printed at the top of the payment record) or directly to the government's site here: https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/physician/102614
  • Some doctors are happy to discuss this information with you. Others might not be. The best approach is to ask questions and to <strong>not</strong> be accusatory.

Questions You Might Want to Ask

  • Is this you?
  • What type of work do you do with these companies?
  • Have you prescribed me any drugs that are manufactured by companies you've taken payments from?
  • Are there non-drug alternatives that I may want to consider first?
  • Are there less expensive generic alternatives to the drugs you have prescribed?
  • What devices have you used in my care that are manufactured by companies you've taken payments from?

Dollars for Docs: Talk With Your Doctor

https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/doctors/pid/102614
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

RICHARD BARTON

Listed Specialty: Sports Medicine
7925 YOUREE DR, SUITE 200, SHREVEPORT, LA, 71105-5538

Payments: At a Glance

142

payments

$33,339

payment total

25

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
4 $18,553
Travel and Lodging
25 $8,737
Food and Beverage
110 $3,428
Education
3 $2,621

Drugs & Devices

Totals listed below account for all payments from August 2013 to December 2016 that mention this product. If a payment record mentions more than one product, the entire value will be included in each of those products. When no products are listed, they are not included in the list below.

Product Name Product Type Payments
EXTREMITIES

device

$22,078
ALL ARTHREX PRODUCT LINES

device

$4,768
OXFORD

device

$1,403
COMPREHENSIVE PRIMARY STEM

device

$1,376
SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY

device

$1,064
KNEES

device

$165
OXYCONTIN

drug

$142
ELIQUIS

drug

$139
BUTRANS

drug

$120
TRAUMA

device

$118
HIPS

device

$118
SPINE

device

$118
FORTEO

drug

$116
CARTICEL

drug

$100
OFIRMEV

drug

$97
OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE

device

$92
SYNVISC-ONE

device

$71
SURGICAL PAIN INCISIONAL PRODUCTS

device

$63
NEUROMUSCULAR ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

device

$61
SURGICAL PAIN REGIONAL ANESTHESIA

device

$61
HYSINGLA ER

drug

$59
† May not add up to dollar total at top of page, since a payment record may not be associated with any product or can be associated with several products.

For ease of printing, only the 20 drugs and devices with the highest payments are displayed. For a complete list, please visit: https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/doctors/pid/102614

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Sep 12, 2014 $7,000

Extremities Consulting Biomet Orthopedics, LLC
Sep 12, 2014 $6,500

Extremities Consulting Biomet Orthopedics, LLC
Aug 22, 2014 $5,000

Extremities Consulting Biomet Orthopedics, LLC
Sep 27, 2013 $2,563

ALL ARTHREX PRODUCT LINES Education Arthrex, Inc.
Sep 12, 2014 $1,157

Extremities Travel and Lodging Biomet Orthopedics, LLC
Feb 25, 2014 $1,008

ALL ARTHREX PRODUCT LINES Travel and Lodging Arthrex, Inc.
Sep 26, 2013 $961

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Travel and Lodging Midsouth Orthopedics
Aug 22, 2014 $783

Extremities Travel and Lodging Biomet Orthopedics, LLC
Sep 12, 2014 $772

Extremities Travel and Lodging Biomet Orthopedics, LLC
Feb 27, 2016 $561

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Arthrex, Inc.
Feb 27, 2016 $498

No Listed Product Food and Beverage Arthrex, Inc.
Apr 19, 2016 $491

Oxford Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Mar 14, 2016 $457

Comprehensive Primary Stem Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Dec 7, 2015 $437

ALL ARTHREX PRODUCT LINES Travel and Lodging Arthrex, Inc.
Apr 19, 2016 $374

Oxford Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Mar 14, 2016 $307

Comprehensive Primary Stem Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Dec 6, 2013 $268

ALL ARTHREX PRODUCT LINES Travel and Lodging Arthrex, Inc.
Jan 9, 2014 $256

ALL ARTHREX PRODUCT LINES Food and Beverage Arthrex, Inc.
Apr 30, 2016 $232

Oxford Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Sep 12, 2014 $174

Extremities Food and Beverage Biomet Orthopedics, LLC
Apr 11, 2016 $168

Comprehensive Primary Stem Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.

For ease of printing, 20 payments are displayed, the largest appearing on top. For a full list of payments, please visit: https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/doctors/pid/102614

Note: We have made some effort to normalize the data and eliminate duplicates, but data is primarily as it has been reported by the companies to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To purchase the normalized data, please visit the ProPublica Data Store. If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected].