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/1271585
  • 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/1271585
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

HSU-HSIEN LWU

Listed Specialty: Neurological Surgery
800 WEST AVE S, LA CROSSE, WI, 54601

Payments: At a Glance

95

payments

$5,710

payment total

21

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Travel and Lodging
10 $3,999
Food and Beverage
85 $1,711

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
RIALTO

device

$1,729
O-ARM-ST

device

$1,625
NAVIGATION

device

$1,043
GILENYA

drug

$333
AUBAGIO

drug

$145
MICROFIXATION - NEURO

device

$87
O-ARM-SPINE

device

$69
THORACOLUMBAR

device

$63
NAVLOCK

device

$61
OSTEOSYNTHESIS

device

$56
KCENTRA

drug

$47
NEURO-MONITORING CATHETERS AND EQUIPMENT

device

$42
SURGICAL PLANNING AND NAVIGATION RADIATION TREATMENT PLANNING AND POSITIONING

device

$32
VIMPAT

drug

$32
LEMTRADA

drug

$31
BETASERON

drug

$29
FORTEO

drug

$25
ONZETRA XSAIL

drug

$24
APTIOM

drug

$22
PRESTIGE

device

$22
TPAL

device

$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.

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/1271585

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Sep 18, 2016 $1,265

RIALTO Travel and Lodging Medtronic USA, Inc.
Feb 12, 2016 $910

O-ARM-ST Travel and Lodging Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jun 5, 2015 $765

NAVIGATION Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Feb 11, 2016 $506

O-ARM-ST Travel and Lodging Medtronic USA, Inc.
Sep 19, 2016 $342

RIALTO Travel and Lodging Medtronic USA, Inc.
Feb 12, 2016 $131

O-ARM-ST Travel and Lodging Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jun 20, 2015 $105

NAVIGATION Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Jul 24, 2015 $63

ThoracoLumbar Food and Beverage NuVasive, Inc.
Feb 13, 2016 $61

NAVLOCK Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Feb 13, 2016 $61

O-ARM-ST Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Dec 14, 2016 $60

O-ARM-Spine Food and Beverage Medtronic, Inc.
Nov 13, 2014 $56

Osteosynthesis Food and Beverage KLS Martin L.P.
Sep 18, 2016 $55

RIALTO Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Aug 28, 2015 $54

NAVIGATION Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Mar 27, 2014 $44

MICROFIXATION - NEURO Food and Beverage Biomet Microfixation, LLC
Sep 9, 2014 $43

MICROFIXATION - NEURO Food and Beverage Biomet Microfixation, LLC
Jun 5, 2014 $42

Neuro-Monitoring Catheters and Equipment Food and Beverage Integra LifeSciences Corporation
Jun 19, 2015 $34

NAVIGATION Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Feb 4, 2016 $33

No Listed Product Food and Beverage Arteriocyte Medical Systems, Inc.
Oct 1, 2014 $32

Surgical planning and navigation radiation treatment planning and positioning Food and Beverage Brainlab, Inc.
Jun 20, 2015 $26

NAVIGATION Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation

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/1271585

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].