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/147837
  • 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/147837
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

MIR ALI

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine
1051 W US ROUTE 6, SUITE 100, MORRIS, IL, 60450-4200

Payments: At a Glance

188

payments

$101,506

payment total

14

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
10 $52,938
Nonaccredited Training
5 $30,750
Travel and Lodging
55 $12,477
Food and Beverage
115 $5,282
Gift
2 $46
Education
1 $13

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
GENERAL K2M PRODUCT DISCUSSION

device

$26,850
VESUVIUS

drug

$18,750
TERRA NOVA

device

$15,534
EVEREST

device

$7,875
CASCADIA

device

$7,244
THORACOLUMBAR

device

$4,995
CERVICOTHORACIC

device

$2,026
XLIF

device

$1,750
BIOLOGICS

device

$1,330
TLIF

device

$463
NVM5

device

$266
NAVIGATION

device

$250
INTEGRATED OPERATIVE SOLUTIONS

device

$191
ALEUTIAN AN

device

$127
PRECEPT

device

$126
SPINE

device

$97
MAXCESS

device

$85
CERVICAL

device

$81
PLIF

device

$65
BIOMET SPINALPAK

device

$60
BONE HEALING

device

$58
† 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/147837

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
May 26, 2016 $13,500

No Listed Product Nonaccredited Training

Details: K2M smohammad 05 31 16 04 1 Chk 61197

K2M, Inc.
Mar 17, 2016 $12,500

VESUVIUS Consulting

Details: K2M smohammad 04 04 16 12 1 Chk 59339

K2M, Inc.
Jul 23, 2015 $12,500

General K2M Product Discussion Consulting

Details: K2M Smohammad 09 01 15 01 1 ck 055403

K2M, Inc.
Feb 20, 2015 $7,875

EVEREST Nonaccredited Training

Details: EXP 150409093712835020 DTL 150409093747455430 Chk 052402

K2M, Inc.
Feb 4, 2016 $7,125

CASCADIA Consulting

Details: K2M smohammad 04 20 16 01 1 Chk 58668

K2M, Inc.
Aug 27, 2015 $6,250

VESUVIUS Consulting

Details: EXP 151216143021508282 DTL 151216143157044475 Chk 056029

K2M, Inc.
Mar 3, 2016 $3,938

TERRA NOVA Consulting

Details: K2M smohammad 04 04 16 22 1 Chk 59158

K2M, Inc.
Feb 20, 2015 $3,625

General K2M Product Discussion Nonaccredited Training

Details: EXP 150409094015822871 DTL 150409095246570239 Chk 052402

K2M, Inc.
Jun 11, 2015 $3,625

TERRA NOVA Consulting

Details: K2M Smohammad 06 19 15 26 1 ck 054548

K2M, Inc.
Sep 5, 2014 $3,500

General K2M Product Discussion Nonaccredited Training

Details: K2M Mlee 9 26 14 15 1

K2M, Inc.
Feb 4, 2016 $3,000

TERRA NOVA Consulting

Details: K2M smohammad 04 13 16 10 1 Chk 58667

K2M, Inc.
Feb 20, 2014 $2,250

General K2M Product Discussion Nonaccredited Training

Details: K2M Mlee 6 4 14 7 1

K2M, Inc.
Oct 8, 2015 $2,000

TERRA NOVA Consulting

Details: EXP 151118213337119529 DTL 151118213534174179 Chk 56782

K2M, Inc.
Jul 14, 2016 $1,750

TERRA NOVA Consulting

Details: K2M smohammad 07 14 16 01 1 Chk 62123

K2M, Inc.
Jan 31, 2014 $825

General K2M Product Discussion Travel and Lodging

Details: K2M Smohammad 3 12 15 21 1

K2M, Inc.
Feb 22, 2015 $807

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
Mar 7, 2015 $793

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
Nov 16, 2015 $747

General K2M Product Discussion Travel and Lodging

Details: K2M smohammad 03 24 16 05 1

K2M, Inc.
Feb 3, 2015 $744

ThoracoLumbar Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
May 30, 2014 $658

ThoracoLumbar CervicoThoracic Biologics Travel and Lodging NuVasive, Inc.
Feb 7, 2016 $651

XLIF 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/147837

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].