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/18150
  • 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/18150
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

JOHANNES KOCH

Listed Specialty: Gastroenterology
1100 9TH AVE, SEATTLE, WA, 98101-2756

Payments: At a Glance

25

payments

$5,990

payment total

4

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
3 $2,820
Travel and Lodging
6 $2,092
Food and Beverage
16 $1,078

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
SEDATION

device

$2,893
MIROCAM

device

$1,357
EG SCAN

device

$1,244
SMALL BOWEL

device

$1,186
FUSE FULL SPECTRUM ENDOSCOPY SYSTEM

device

$251
PILLCAM

device

$132
GI SOLUTIONS

device

$118
SEDASYS SYSTEM

device

$52
ENDOCUFF

device

$41
ENDO STRATUS IRRIGATION PUMP

device

$41
† 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
May 18, 2015 $2,350

Sedation Consulting Ethicon US, LLC
Oct 16, 2014 $846

Small Bowel Travel and Lodging Covidien LP
Aug 26, 2013 $712

MiroCam EG Scan Travel and Lodging Medivators Inc.
Oct 16, 2014 $278

Small Bowel Travel and Lodging Covidien LP
Aug 24, 2013 $247

MiroCam EG Scan Food and Beverage Medivators Inc.
Jun 15, 2015 $235

Sedation Consulting Ethicon US, LLC
May 1, 2015 $235

Sedation Consulting Ethicon US, LLC
Aug 24, 2013 $189

MiroCam EG Scan Travel and Lodging Medivators Inc.
Jun 5, 2016 $132

PillCam Food and Beverage Covidien LP
Sep 6, 2014 $118

GI Solutions Food and Beverage Covidien LP
May 1, 2014 $118

Fuse Full Spectrum Endoscopy System Food and Beverage EndoChoice, Inc.
Sep 17, 2014 $82

Fuse Full Spectrum Endoscopy System Food and Beverage EndoChoice, Inc.
May 16, 2015 $73

Sedation Food and Beverage Ethicon US, LLC
Oct 16, 2014 $62

Small Bowel Food and Beverage Covidien LP
Jun 30, 2014 $60

MiroCam Food and Beverage Medivators Inc.
Aug 24, 2013 $55

MiroCam EG Scan Travel and Lodging Medivators Inc.
May 23, 2016 $52

SEDASYS System Food and Beverage Ethicon US, LLC
Aug 24, 2013 $41

Endocuff ENDO STRATUS Irrigation Pump MiroCam Food and Beverage Medivators Inc.
Jul 23, 2014 $23

Fuse Full Spectrum Endoscopy System Food and Beverage EndoChoice, Inc.
Jul 21, 2014 $22

Fuse Full Spectrum Endoscopy System Food and Beverage EndoChoice, Inc.
Aug 24, 2013 $22

MiroCam EG Scan Food and Beverage Medivators 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/18150

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].