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/337143
  • 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/337143
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

MICHAEL SCHWARTZ

Listed Specialty: Sports Medicine
4031 W PLANO PKWY, SUITE 100, PLANO, TX, 75093-5617

Payments: At a Glance

81

payments

$15,564

payment total

17

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
3 $10,256
Food and Beverage
70 $3,514
Travel and Lodging
7 $1,676
Gift
1 $118

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
HEALIX

device

$10,724
MI-EYE

device

$2,880
GRYPHON

device

$1,327
MILAGRO

device

$1,274
EARLY INTERVENTION

device

$256
MAKOPLASTY

device

$149
TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES

device

$144
KNEES

device

$140
SHOULDER - SMJT

device

$124
ACCUPASS DIRECT CRESCENT XL

device

$124
BIORAPTOR KNOTLESS

device

$124
SUTUREFIX

device

$124
DYONICS EFLEX

device

$124
Q-FIX

device

$124
OPTECURE

drug

$113
SOLUMATRIX FRANCHISE

drug

$107
OPTETRAK

drug

$102
VAPR

device

$100
SPORTS MEDICINE

device

$71
SPORTS SURGICAL

device

$70
OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE

device

$68
† 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/337143

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Apr 11, 2016 $8,550

HEALIX Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
May 6, 2016 $900

HEALIX Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Jun 6, 2016 $806

mi-eye Consulting Trice Medical, Inc.
Nov 22, 2016 $790

mi-eye Travel and Lodging Trice Medical, Inc.
Apr 1, 2016 $361

MILAGRO HEALIX GRYPHON Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product training activity

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Apr 26, 2016 $270

mi-eye Food and Beverage Trice Medical, Inc.
Apr 2, 2016 $178

MILAGRO HEALIX GRYPHON Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product training activity

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Apr 1, 2016 $178

MILAGRO HEALIX GRYPHON Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to product training activity

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Oct 13, 2015 $176

mi-eye Food and Beverage Trice Medical, Inc.
Oct 13, 2015 $176

mi-eye Food and Beverage Trice Medical, Inc.
Mar 4, 2016 $149

Makoplasty Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Mar 26, 2015 $144

TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Jul 24, 2014 $140

KNEES Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Mar 7, 2016 $131

mi-eye Food and Beverage Trice Medical, Inc.
Apr 1, 2016 $125

MILAGRO HEALIX GRYPHON Food and Beverage

Details: Related to product training activity

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Mar 21, 2014 $124

SHOULDER - SMJT Food and Beverage

Details: RELATED TO PRODUCT TRAINING ACTIVITY

DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Feb 6, 2016 $124

ACCUPASS DIRECT Crescent XL Bioraptor Knotless Dyonics Eflex Q-Fix Suturefix Food and Beverage Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Sep 9, 2015 $121

Early Intervention Food and Beverage

Details: Related to product discussion

DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Aug 13, 2015 $121

mi-eye Food and Beverage Trice Medical, Inc.
Aug 9, 2016 $118

mi-eye Gift Trice Medical, Inc.
Feb 2, 2015 $116

Early Intervention Food and Beverage

Details: Related to product discussion

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/337143

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].