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/169704
  • 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/169704
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

LUZ ANGEL

Listed Specialty: Colon & Rectal Surgery
2675 N DECATUR RD, SUITE 710, DECATUR, GA, 30033-6131

Payments: At a Glance

30

payments

$2,569

payment total

7

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Travel and Lodging
7 $1,783
Food and Beverage
23 $786

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
DA VINCI SURGICAL SYSTEM

device

$1,906
SACRAL NERVE STIMULATION

device

$352
OFIRMEV

drug

$156
SURGIMEND

device

$71
GENEFX COLON

drug

$62
CHEMOFX

drug

$62
BIOSPECIFX

drug

$62
DYLOJECT

drug

$12
PREPOPIK

drug

$10
† 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
Sep 24, 2016 $559

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Oct 5, 2016 $418

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Jul 7, 2014 $301

SACRAL NERVE STIMULATION Travel and Lodging Medtronic USA, Inc.
Aug 29, 2016 $254

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Aug 30, 2016 $197

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Oct 4, 2016 $112

OFIRMEV Food and Beverage Mallinckrodt LLC
Jul 12, 2016 $107

Da Vinci Surgical System Food and Beverage Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Sep 6, 2016 $96

Da Vinci Surgical System Food and Beverage Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Feb 24, 2015 $71

Surgimend Food and Beverage TEI Biosciences Inc
Aug 3, 2013 $62

ChemoFx BioSpeciFx GeneFx Colon Food and Beverage Precision Therapeutics, Inc.
Dec 20, 2016 $56

Da Vinci Surgical System Food and Beverage Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Dec 14, 2016 $43

Da Vinci Surgical System Food and Beverage Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Jul 6, 2014 $38

SACRAL NERVE STIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Dec 20, 2016 $34

Da Vinci Surgical System Food and Beverage Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Aug 29, 2016 $31

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Jul 12, 2016 $29

Da Vinci Surgical System Food and Beverage Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Jun 15, 2016 $25

OFIRMEV Food and Beverage Mallinckrodt LLC
Aug 30, 2016 $23

Da Vinci Surgical System Travel and Lodging Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Sep 21, 2016 $17

OFIRMEV Food and Beverage Mallinckrodt LLC
Sep 13, 2016 $15

Da Vinci Surgical System Food and Beverage Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Dec 20, 2016 $14

Da Vinci Surgical System Food and Beverage Intuitive Surgical, 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/169704

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].