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/208642
  • 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/208642
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

HYONG KIM

Listed Specialty: Internal Medicine
9300 CAMPUS POINT DR, MAIL CODE 7381, LA JOLLA, CA, 92037-1300

Payments: At a Glance

868

payments

$700,119

payment total

11

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
146 $371K
Consulting
76 $189K
Travel and Lodging
330 $122K
Food and Beverage
316 $17,779

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
ADEMPAS

drug

$321K
OPSUMIT MACITENTAN

drug

$201K
UPTRAVI

drug

$43,437
NONE

device

$21,705
VENTAVIS ILOPROST

drug

$15,487
TRACLEER BOSENTAN

drug

$10,904
VELETRI EPOPROSTENOL

drug

$9,498
MACITENTAN OPSUMIT--PRO

drug

$7,407
VALCHLOR MECHLORETHAMINE

drug

$3,808
EKOSONIC

device

$42
REMODULIN

drug

$25
CARDIOMEMS HF SYSTEM

device

$20
H.P. ACTHAR

drug

$16
XARELTO

drug

$15
† 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 17, 2013 $10,111

Adempas Consulting Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Nov 8, 2016 $9,044

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation
Jan 24, 2014 $8,668

OPSUMIT MACITENTAN Travel and Lodging Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd
Sep 16, 2013 $8,588

Adempas Consulting Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Sep 8, 2015 $7,500

Adempas Consulting Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Nov 11, 2015 $7,000

None Consulting Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Jul 31, 2015 $6,750

OPSUMIT MACITENTAN Consulting Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
Dec 12, 2013 $6,750

MACITENTAN OPSUMIT--PRO Consulting Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
Feb 21, 2015 $6,750

OPSUMIT MACITENTAN Promotional Speaking/Other Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
Dec 12, 2014 $6,750

OPSUMIT MACITENTAN Consulting Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
Mar 16, 2015 $6,565

Adempas Consulting Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Feb 17, 2015 $6,565

Adempas Consulting Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Feb 17, 2015 $6,565

Adempas Consulting Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Feb 13, 2015 $6,565

Adempas Consulting Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Nov 17, 2016 $6,500

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation
Aug 16, 2013 $6,129

Adempas Consulting Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Sep 5, 2016 $5,994

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd
Mar 6, 2015 $5,800

No Listed Product Consulting Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
Sep 30, 2016 $5,800

No Listed Product Consulting Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
Nov 7, 2013 $5,800

No Listed Product Consulting Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
Sep 1, 2015 $5,580

None Travel and Lodging Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals 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/208642

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].