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/146778
  • 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/146778
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

SCOTT KUIPER

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
4130 DUTCHMANS LN, STE 300, LOUISVILLE, KY, 40207-4713

Payments: At a Glance

68

payments

$444,389

payment total

22

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Royalty or License
25 $441K
Food and Beverage
37 $1,580
Travel and Lodging
4 $1,419
Education
2 $518

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
SPORTS MEDICINE

device

$290K
JUGGERKNOT

device

$111K
SET - SPORTS MEDICINE

device

$39,476
HIPS

device

$1,255
EXTREMITIES

device

$1,001
EQUINOXE

device

$992
KNEES

device

$973
ARTHROPLASTY

device

$328
KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY

device

$190
AEQUALIS PERFORM

device

$120
ALL ARTHREX PRODUCT LINES

device

$84
SYNVISC-ONE

device

$68
EXPAREL

drug

$58
OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE

device

$40
SPRIX

drug

$36
EUFLEXXA

drug

$32
PICO

device

$29
TRAUMA

device

$27
VIMOVO

drug

$26
EXTERNAL FIXATION SYSTEM

device

$20
SALTO TALARIS TOTAL ANKLE PROSTHESIS

device

$20
† 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/146778

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Feb 13, 2015 $62,211

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Feb 14, 2014 $58,777

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Sanders Family LP
Aug 14, 2015 $36,129

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
May 13, 2016 $32,573

Juggerknot Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Feb 12, 2016 $30,529

Juggerknot Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
May 15, 2014 $27,703

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Sanders Family LP
Aug 12, 2016 $24,858

Juggerknot Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Nov 13, 2015 $22,627

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Nov 10, 2016 $20,105

Juggerknot Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
May 15, 2015 $18,268

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Aug 15, 2014 $17,957

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Sanders Family LP
Aug 9, 2013 $17,548

SET - SPORTS MEDICINE Royalty or License Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
Nov 14, 2014 $17,064

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
Nov 15, 2013 $16,574

SET - SPORTS MEDICINE Royalty or License Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
Feb 14, 2014 $5,904

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Sanders Family LP
Feb 13, 2015 $5,788

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Aug 14, 2015 $3,711

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Aug 12, 2016 $3,231

Juggerknot Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Nov 13, 2015 $3,090

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
May 15, 2014 $3,060

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Sanders Family LP
Aug 15, 2014 $2,716

Sports Medicine Royalty or License Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Sanders Family LP

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/146778

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].