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/317129
  • 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/317129
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

ANDREW BOYLE

Listed Specialty: Cardiovascular Disease
925 CHESTNUT ST, MEZZANINE, PHILADELPHIA, PA, 19107-4216

Payments: At a Glance

347

payments

$298,876

payment total

8

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
15 $109K
Travel and Lodging
149 $85,026
Consulting
14 $78,649
Education
2 $13,000
Food and Beverage
167 $12,802

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
HEARTMATE II

device

$104K
THORATEC PVAD

device

$50,999
HEARTMATE

device

$50,999
HEARTMATE II LVAS

device

$50,999
HEARTMATE PHP

device

$50,999
THORATEC AND CENTRIMAG AND PEDIMAG

device

$50,999
MCS MULTIPLE PRODUCTS GENERAL

device

$50,270
CENTRIMAG

device

$25,957
HEARTMATE III R AND D

device

$25,301
CARDIAC RESYNCHRONIZATION THERAPY - CRT

device

$20,763
C-PULSE

device

$6,686
HEARTMATE III

device

$6,094
CARDIOMEMS HF SYSTEM

device

$2,761
CPULSE

device

$2,563
TRANSCATHETER HEART VALVES

device

$1,113
ENTRESTO

drug

$245
CATHETER

device

$158
PHP R AND D

device

$114
PVAD-IVAD

device

$88
HELEX SEPTAL OCCLUDER

device

$87
ANGIO-SEAL

device

$71
† 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/317129

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Sep 18, 2014 $20,000

MCS Multiple Products General Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Consulting fee multiple day education

Thoratec Corporation
Oct 3, 2016 $15,000

Thoratec PVAD Thoratec and CentriMag and PediMag HeartMate HeartMate II LVAS HeartMate PHP Consulting St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Nov 22, 2013 $15,000

MCS MULTIPLE PRODUCTS GENERAL Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Consulting Fee for multiple day education

Thoratec Corporation
Aug 22, 2014 $14,423

CentriMag Travel and Lodging

Details: International travel for education services

Thoratec Corporation
Oct 9, 2014 $13,721

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy - CRT Travel and Lodging Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Jul 16, 2015 $12,000

HeartMate II Consulting Thoratec Corporation
Nov 15, 2013 $11,145

MCS MULTIPLE PRODUCTS GENERAL Travel and Lodging Thoratec Corporation
Jan 9, 2014 $10,000

HeartMate II Promotional Speaking/Other

Details: Consulting fee multiple day education

Thoratec Corporation
Dec 10, 2015 $10,000

HeartMate II Education Thoratec Corporation
Dec 4, 2014 $7,500

HeartMate II Promotional Speaking/Other Thoratec Corporation
Jul 7, 2015 $7,356

HeartMate II Travel and Lodging Thoratec Corporation
Mar 6, 2015 $6,686

C-Pulse Consulting

Details: C-Pulse

Sunshine Heart Inc
Oct 21, 2014 $6,000

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy - CRT Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
May 28, 2015 $6,000

HeartMate II Promotional Speaking/Other Thoratec Corporation
Jun 4, 2015 $6,000

HeartMate III R AND D Promotional Speaking/Other Thoratec Corporation
Oct 10, 2015 $6,000

HeartMate II Promotional Speaking/Other Thoratec Corporation
Jan 20, 2016 $6,000

Thoratec PVAD Thoratec and CentriMag and PediMag HeartMate HeartMate II LVAS HeartMate PHP Promotional Speaking/Other St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Aug 13, 2015 $6,000

HeartMate III R AND D Promotional Speaking/Other Thoratec Corporation
Dec 3, 2015 $6,000

HeartMate II Consulting Thoratec Corporation
Sep 23, 2015 $6,000

HeartMate III R AND D Consulting Thoratec Corporation
Oct 22, 2015 $6,000

HeartMate II Consulting Thoratec Corporation

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/317129

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].