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/1115690
  • 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/1115690
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

ROBBIN COHEN

Listed Specialty: Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)
1520 SAN PABLO ST, SUITE 4300, LOS ANGELES, CA, 90033-5330

Payments: At a Glance

180

payments

$148,342

payment total

8

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
20 $64,745
Consulting
10 $54,310
Travel and Lodging
44 $22,776
Food and Beverage
105 $6,452
Education
1 $60

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
HEART VALVES

device

$69,648
MOSAIC

device

$25,213
STRUCTURAL HEART

device

$14,279
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

device

$5,953
TRIFECTA VALVE

device

$4,892
TRIFECTA GT

device

$4,892
BIOCOR STENTED TISSUE VALVE

device

$4,892
EPIC STENTED TISSUE VALVE

device

$4,892
ECMOTHERM

device

$4,028
TRANSCATHETER HEART VALVES

device

$2,028
HANCOCK

device

$1,383
EDWARDS SAPIEN 3 TRANSCATHETER HEART VALVE

device

$676
DA VINCI SURGICAL SYSTEM

device

$653
COREVALVE EVOLUT

device

$561
TRANSCATHETER HEART VALVE

device

$403
VASCULAR

device

$254
ANGIO-SEAL

device

$178
CANNULAE

device

$147
VASCUTEK

device

$142
CARDIOVASCULAR-RESEARCH ONLY

device

$78
TACHYCARDIA SYSTEM

device

$14
† 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/1115690

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Mar 6, 2014 $22,250

Heart Valves Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Robbin G Cohen MD Facs Corp
Jun 6, 2016 $9,600

Mosaic Consulting Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Feb 21, 2014 $7,890

Heart Valves Travel and Lodging Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Jul 25, 2016 $6,560

No Listed Product Consulting Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Feb 18, 2016 $6,560

Mosaic Consulting Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Jun 18, 2015 $6,560

Heart Valves Consulting Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Jun 6, 2016 $6,400

Mosaic Consulting Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Dec 20, 2016 $5,920

No Listed Product Consulting Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Oct 10, 2013 $4,980

Heart Valves Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Robbin G Cohen Md Facs Corp
Nov 24, 2014 $4,900

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Consulting Baxter Healthcare
Dec 18, 2013 $4,480

Heart Valves Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Robbin G Cohen Md Facs Corp
May 30, 2016 $4,028

ECMOtherm Travel and Lodging Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Dec 19, 2014 $4,000

Heart Valves Consulting Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Robbin G Cohen MD Facs Corp
Mar 18, 2015 $3,735

Heart Valves Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Oct 30, 2014 $3,664

Structural Heart Promotional Speaking/Other St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Nov 5, 2015 $3,664

Structural Heart Promotional Speaking/Other St. Jude Medical, Inc.
May 4, 2015 $3,438

Heart Valves Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Feb 25, 2016 $3,000

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Dec 15, 2016 $2,748

Trifecta GT Trifecta Valve Biocor Stented Tissue Valve Epic Stented Tissue Valve Promotional Speaking/Other St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Dec 19, 2014 $2,560

Heart Valves Consulting Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Robbin G Cohen MD Facs Corp
Jun 17, 2015 $2,500

Heart Valves Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Vascular, 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/1115690

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].