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/1129538
  • 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/1129538
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

LAWRENCE COHEN

Listed Specialty: Hand Surgery
204 LAKE DR, STERLING, VA, 20164-8605

Payments: At a Glance

27

payments

$3,042

payment total

6

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Travel and Lodging
13 $1,966
Food and Beverage
14 $1,076

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
THORACOLUMBAR

device

$1,985
SPINE

device

$362
INTEGRATED OPERATIVE SOLUTIONS

device

$215
SCREW & PIN

device

$206
HAND & WRIST

device

$206
CERVICOTHORACIC

device

$200
BIOLOGICS

device

$128
SPINAL IMPLANTS

device

$123
AERO

device

$99
MENACTRA

drug

$40
FLUZONE

drug

$40
PENTACEL

drug

$40
SKLICE

drug

$40
ADACEL

drug

$18
† 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.

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Mar 29, 2014 $856

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
Jun 28, 2014 $362

Spine Travel and Lodging EBI Medical Systems, LLC
Aug 22, 2015 $165

Hand & Wrist Screw & Pin Travel and Lodging ACUMED LLC
Apr 14, 2014 $139

ThoracoLumbar Food and Beverage NuVasive, Inc.
Apr 8, 2014 $135

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
Apr 14, 2014 $131

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
Jan 15, 2014 $128

Biologics Food and Beverage NuVasive, Inc.
Apr 22, 2015 $123

SPINAL IMPLANTS Food and Beverage LDR SPINE USA, INC
Apr 1, 2015 $118

ThoracoLumbar Integrated Operative Solutions Food and Beverage NuVasive, Inc.
Oct 27, 2014 $100

CervicoThoracic Food and Beverage NuVasive, Inc.
Oct 28, 2014 $100

ThoracoLumbar CervicoThoracic Food and Beverage NuVasive, Inc.
May 4, 2016 $99

AERO Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Mar 4, 2015 $97

Integrated Operative Solutions ThoracoLumbar Food and Beverage NuVasive, Inc.
Apr 14, 2014 $70

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
Apr 14, 2014 $50

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
Apr 14, 2014 $50

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
Apr 14, 2014 $50

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
Apr 6, 2014 $44

ThoracoLumbar Food and Beverage NuVasive, Inc.
Aug 22, 2015 $41

Hand & Wrist Screw & Pin Food and Beverage ACUMED LLC
Apr 13, 2014 $36

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
Mar 29, 2014 $30

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, 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/1129538

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].