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/28669
  • 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/28669
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

LUKE AUSTIN

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
925 CHESTNUT ST, 5TH FLOOR, PHILADELPHIA, PA, 19107-4216

Payments: At a Glance

36

payments

$23,449

payment total

7

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
4 $20,725
Travel and Lodging
10 $1,683
Food and Beverage
21 $1,038
Education
1 $3

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
GLOBAL

device

$7,519
DELTA

device

$7,519
ORTHOPAEDICS

device

$5,098
AEQUALIS ASCEND FLEX

drug

$1,725
SPORTS MEDICINE

device

$577
ORTHO-KNEE

device

$197
TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES

device

$165
ORTHO-SHOULDER

device

$144
KNEES

device

$130
REVERSE II LINE EXT

drug

$125
AEQUALIS PERFORM

drug

$125
VARIAX

device

$121
EQUINOXE

drug

$96
EARLY INTERVENTION

device

$61
SPORTS MED SHOULDER

device

$60
TRAUMA

device

$25
ORTHOVISC

device

$13
DUEXIS

drug

$3
† 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
Feb 1, 2016 $7,200

No Listed Product Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Sep 13, 2016 $7,200

DELTA GLOBAL Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
May 4, 2015 $4,725

Orthopaedics Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Mar 13, 2014 $1,600

AEQUALIS ASCEND FLEX Consulting Tornier, Inc.
Aug 3, 2016 $444

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to bona-fide consulting activity

DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Jun 27, 2014 $295

Sports Medicine Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to Product Training Activity

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Nov 6, 2015 $197

Ortho-Knee Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product discussion

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Jun 27, 2014 $182

Sports Medicine Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to Product Training Activity

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Feb 12, 2015 $171

Orthopaedics Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product discussion

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Aug 26, 2016 $158

GLOBAL DELTA Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product training activity

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Mar 27, 2015 $130

KNEES TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Mar 12, 2014 $125

AEQUALIS ASCEND FLEX AEQUALIS PERFORM REVERSE II LINE EXT Food and Beverage Tornier, Inc.
Jul 18, 2016 $121

Variax Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Nov 5, 2015 $102

Ortho-Shoulder Food and Beverage

Details: Related to product discussion

DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Apr 29, 2015 $96

Equinoxe Food and Beverage Exactech, Inc.
Aug 26, 2016 $93

GLOBAL DELTA Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product training activity

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Feb 12, 2015 $75

Orthopaedics Food and Beverage

Details: Related to product discussion

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Nov 6, 2015 $75

Orthopaedics Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product discussion

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Sep 24, 2014 $61

Early intervention Food and Beverage

Details: RELATED TO PRODUCT TRAINING ACTIVITY

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Feb 27, 2015 $60

Sports Med Shoulder Food and Beverage Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Jun 27, 2014 $52

Sports Medicine Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to Product Training Activity

DePuy Synthes Sales 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/28669

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].