Dollars for Docs: Talk With Your Doctor

https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/
You can print this page and show it your doctor.

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/126730
  • 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/126730
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

JAMAL TAHA

Listed Specialty: Neurological Surgery
3533 SOUTHERN BLVD, STE 3000, KETTERING, OH, 45429-1280

Payments: At a Glance

305

payments

$225,243

payment total

32

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
36 $177K
Travel and Lodging
56 $35,361
Consulting
2 $8,160
Food and Beverage
209 $4,903
Gift
1 $140
Entertainment
1 $14

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
CD HORIZON

device

$87,515
CLYDESDALE

device

$49,870
THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES

device

$36,440
DIVERGENCE-L

device

$20,535
INTERVENTIONAL THERAPIES

device

$5,559
ELEVATE

device

$5,041
METRX

device

$5,015
RIALTO

device

$3,788
CAPSTONE

device

$3,736
PERIMETER

device

$2,500
OSTEOCOOL RF ABLATION

device

$1,331
ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES - NIM, NAV, POWER

device

$999
NEURO-CHRONIC PAIN

device

$698
XARTEMIS XR

drug

$217
DTRAX SPINAL SYSTEM

device

$210
OFIRMEV

drug

$192
BIOLOGIX ALLOGRAFT BONE

device

$173
CAVUX CERVICAL CAGE

device

$173
ALLY BONE SCREW

device

$173
SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION

device

$170
THORACOLUMBAR

device

$152
† 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/126730

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Jun 8, 2016 $30,940

CD HORIZON Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Dec 14, 2015 $23,375

CD HORIZON Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Oct 11, 2016 $9,796

CD HORIZON Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Nov 29, 2015 $8,124

CLYDESDALE Travel and Lodging Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Feb 23, 2016 $8,075

DIVERGENCE-L Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jul 12, 2016 $7,500

CD HORIZON Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Oct 19, 2016 $7,500

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jul 15, 2016 $7,183

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
May 17, 2016 $7,049

CD HORIZON Travel and Lodging Medtronic USA, Inc.
May 18, 2016 $5,440

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
May 18, 2016 $5,270

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jun 22, 2016 $5,015

METRx Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jul 7, 2014 $5,015

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Sep 14, 2016 $5,015

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jul 5, 2016 $5,015

ELEVATE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jun 8, 2016 $5,000

CD HORIZON Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Nov 7, 2016 $4,679

DIVERGENCE-L Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Nov 2, 2016 $4,679

DIVERGENCE-L Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Sep 22, 2014 $4,590

Interventional Therapies Consulting Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Aug 7, 2015 $3,750

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Mar 20, 2014 $3,750

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, 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/126730

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].