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/173829
  • 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/173829
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

CHARLES NELSON

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
3737 MARKET ST, 7 FLOOR, PHILADELPHIA, PA, 19104-5545

Payments: At a Glance

170

payments

$94,926

payment total

17

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
13 $43,875
Nonaccredited Training
9 $30,750
Travel and Lodging
51 $14,987
Food and Beverage
96 $5,308
Education
1 $5

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
HIPS

device

$50,569
KNEES

device

$28,374
LCCK NEXGEN

device

$13,500
HIP NEW PRODUCT

device

$9,206
EXTREMITIES

device

$7,250
TAPERLOC

device

$5,576
PRODUCT PORTFOLIO

device

$2,766
STRIDE IMPLANT

device

$649
NAVIO PFS SYSTEM

device

$649
ALL

device

$497
ROBOTICS

device

$311
ZMR

device

$237
ORTHALIGN PLUS SYSTEM

device

$208
NAVIO SURGICAL SYSTEM

device

$199
VERASENSE

device

$155
ADVANCED ENERGY HEMOSTATIC DEVICE

device

$151
EXPAREL

drug

$148
WOUND THERAPEUTICS

device

$123
SURGICAL

device

$122
CONTINUUM

device

$118
NONE

device

$114
† 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/173829

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Feb 3, 2016 $12,500

LCCK NexGen Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Dec 17, 2014 $8,750

HIPS Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Jul 20, 2015 $7,000

Extremities Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Mar 31, 2016 $6,500

Hip New Product Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Dec 7, 2016 $5,500

Taperloc Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Aug 28, 2013 $5,250

HIPS Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Oct 3, 2014 $4,500

HIPS KNEES Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Apr 30, 2014 $4,250

HIPS KNEES Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Apr 23, 2015 $4,000

Hips Knees Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Nov 23, 2015 $4,000

Hips Knees Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Apr 30, 2014 $3,750

HIPS KNEES Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Jul 11, 2014 $1,500

HIPS KNEES Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Aug 27, 2014 $1,500

HIPS Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Apr 23, 2015 $1,250

Hips Knees Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Oct 30, 2015 $1,066

Hips Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Jun 25, 2014 $1,000

HIPS KNEES Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Jan 27, 2016 $1,000

LCCK NexGen Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Dec 1, 2016 $925

Product Portfolio Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Apr 4, 2014 $885

HIPS Travel and Lodging

Details: Travel and lodging provided in the context of a medical training and education program on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
May 19, 2014 $740

HIPS Travel and Lodging

Details: Travel and lodging provided in the context of a medical training and education program on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Nov 15, 2014 $726

HIPS Travel and Lodging

Details: Travel and lodging provided in the context of a medical training and education program on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding 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/173829

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].