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/337855
  • 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/337855
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

JEFFREY FISCHGRUND

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
26025 LAHSER RD, 2ND FLOOR, SOUTHFIELD, MI, 48033-2601

Payments: At a Glance

318

payments

$582,598

payment total

10

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
57 $372K
Royalty or License
23 $117K
Travel and Lodging
91 $71,959
Promotional Speaking/Other
2 $10,852
Food and Beverage
145 $10,664

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
THORACOLUMBAR

device

$149K
INTERBODY DEVICE

device

$80,544
NEURO SPINE ENT

device

$66,509
XIA

device

$63,157
NEURO/SPINE/ENT

device

$61,556
AERO

device

$38,261
CERVICAL

device

$33,144
AVS

device

$30,130
OASYS

device

$25,740
TRITANIUM

device

$17,669
ACCULIF

device

$16,173
INQU

device

$12,375
BONE SUBSTITUTES BIOLOGICS

device

$2,775
ARIA

device

$2,038
ULTRASOUND BONE HEALING

device

$2,000
STRYKER PERFORMANCE SOLUTIONS

device

$1,500
OTHER

device

$1,084
ANCHOR C

device

$999
KNEES

device

$592
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

device

$246
LLIF PLATE

device

$236
† 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/337855

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Jul 23, 2015 $41,500

THORACOLUMBAR Consulting Stryker Corporation
Feb 5, 2016 $23,000

XIA Consulting Stryker Corporation
Aug 18, 2016 $16,000

OASYS Consulting Stryker Corporation
Feb 25, 2016 $16,000

Xia Consulting Stryker Corporation
Feb 10, 2014 $15,250

NEURO SPINE ENT Consulting Stryker Corporation
Sep 24, 2015 $15,000

THORACOLUMBAR Consulting Stryker Corporation
Mar 12, 2015 $15,000

NEURO/SPINE/ENT Consulting Stryker Corporation
Dec 1, 2016 $15,000

Tritanium Consulting Stryker Corporation
Oct 1, 2013 $14,750

THORACOLUMBAR Consulting Stryker Corporation
Nov 19, 2014 $14,000

NEURO SPINE ENT Consulting Stryker Corporation
Mar 30, 2016 $14,000

AERO Consulting Stryker Corporation
Apr 9, 2015 $13,750

NEURO/SPINE/ENT Consulting Stryker Corporation
May 14, 2014 $13,000

NEURO SPINE ENT Consulting Stryker Corporation
Aug 27, 2014 $12,500

THORACOLUMBAR Consulting Stryker Corporation
Nov 3, 2016 $12,500

AccuLIF Aero Xia Consulting Stryker Corporation
Aug 14, 2014 $12,500

CERVICAL NEURO SPINE ENT Consulting Stryker Corporation
Sep 24, 2015 $12,000

THORACOLUMBAR Consulting Stryker Corporation
Nov 18, 2015 $11,742

NEURO/SPINE/ENT Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Aug 23, 2013 $10,500

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Baxano Surgical, Inc.
Feb 27, 2014 $10,307

INTERBODY DEVICE Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Nov 25, 2014 $10,031

INTERBODY DEVICE Royalty or License Stryker 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/337855

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].