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/288926
  • 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/288926
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

STEPHEN BURKHART

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
150 E SONTERRA BLVD, 300, SAN ANTONIO, TX, 78258

Payments: At a Glance

236

payments

$65,255,236

payment total

9

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Royalty or License
58 $64.9M
Promotional Speaking/Other
49 $292K
Consulting
46 $61,479
Travel and Lodging
36 $29,984
Food and Beverage
45 $5,653
Education
1 $150
Gift
1 $8

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
SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY

device

$36.2M
SHOULDER IMPLANTS SWIVELOCKS COMPOSITE ANCHORS

device

$21.8M
SHOULDER IMPLANTS CORKSCREWS COMPOSITE ANCHORS

device

$21.8M
SHOULDER IMPLANTS SPEEDBRIDGE COMPOSITE ANCHORS

device

$21.8M
SHOULDER IMPLANTS PUSHLOCKS COMPOSITE ANCHORS

device

$21.8M
SHOULDER INSTRUMENTS SUTURE PASSING DISPOSABLES SCORPION

device

$10.6M
DISTAL EXTREMITY ARTHROSCOPY

device

$5.68M
SHOULDER IMPLANTS SWIVELOCKS PEEK ANCHORS

device

$5.59M
SHOULDER SUTURE FIBERWIRE SPECIALTY

device

$5.55M
KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY

device

$1.33M
ALL ARTHREX PRODUCT LINES

device

$136K
ARTHROPLASTY

device

$24,962
SHOULDER IMPLANTS SUTURETAKS COMPOSITE ANCHORS

device

$127
HIPS

device

$114
LINVATEC SHOULDER ARTHROSCOPY

device

$105
SPORTS MED COBLATION

device

$95
SURGICAL PAIN REGIONAL ANESTHESIA

device

$35
SPORTS MED HIP

device

$22
SPORTS MEDICINE

device

$8
† 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
Aug 15, 2016 $5,589,119

SHOULDER IMPLANTS SWIVELOCKS COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER IMPLANTS CORKSCREWS COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER IMPLANTS SWIVELOCKS PEEK ANCHORS SHOULDER IMPLANTS SPEEDBRIDGE COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER IMPLANTS PUSHLOCKS COMPOSITE ANCHORS Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Nov 15, 2016 $5,553,045

SHOULDER IMPLANTS SWIVELOCKS COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER SUTURE FIBERWIRE SPECIALTY SHOULDER IMPLANTS CORKSCREWS COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER IMPLANTS PUSHLOCKS COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER IMPLANTS SPEEDBRIDGE COMPOSITE ANCHORS Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
May 13, 2016 $5,536,841

SHOULDER IMPLANTS SWIVELOCKS COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER IMPLANTS PUSHLOCKS COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER INSTRUMENTS SUTURE PASSING DISPOSABLES SCORPION SHOULDER IMPLANTS CORKSCREWS COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER IMPLANTS SPEEDBRIDGE COMPOSITE ANCHORS Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Feb 12, 2016 $5,107,485

SHOULDER IMPLANTS SWIVELOCKS COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER IMPLANTS PUSHLOCKS COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER INSTRUMENTS SUTURE PASSING DISPOSABLES SCORPION SHOULDER IMPLANTS SPEEDBRIDGE COMPOSITE ANCHORS SHOULDER IMPLANTS CORKSCREWS COMPOSITE ANCHORS Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Feb 13, 2015 $4,022,984

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
May 15, 2015 $3,969,120

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Nov 13, 2015 $3,878,841

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Aug 14, 2015 $3,821,460

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
May 15, 2014 $3,758,980

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Feb 14, 2014 $3,502,741

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Nov 14, 2014 $3,317,953

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Aug 15, 2014 $2,343,488

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Aug 15, 2013 $2,149,728

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Nov 13, 2013 $2,061,681

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Aug 15, 2014 $1,226,094

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Aug 15, 2013 $968,668

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Feb 13, 2015 $918,041

DISTAL EXTREMITY ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Nov 13, 2013 $888,418

SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
May 15, 2015 $638,089

DISTAL EXTREMITY ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Nov 13, 2015 $622,567

DISTAL EXTREMITY ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD
Aug 14, 2015 $622,556

DISTAL EXTREMITY ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. BURKHART RESOURCE, LTD

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/288926

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].