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/444190
  • 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/444190
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

THOMAS SCHMALZRIED

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
2200 W 3RD ST, STE. 400, LOS ANGELES, CA, 90057-1932

Payments: At a Glance

166

payments

$6,025,361

payment total

17

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Royalty or License
24 $5.98M
Travel and Lodging
56 $37,828
Food and Beverage
84 $4,869
Nonaccredited Training
1 $1,500
Consulting
1 $1,200

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
ORTHOPEDICS

device

$1.42M
SUMMIT

device

$1.41M
PINNACLE

device

$1.41M
ORTHOPAEDICS

device

$1.34M
KNEES

device

$1.19M
HIPS

device

$658K
OTHER

device

$7,613
EXPAREL

drug

$1,543
OTHER N/A

device

$892
SPINE

device

$428
BENCOX II STEM, BENCOX METAL HEAD

device

$225
LOSPA IS PEDICLE SCREW

device

$225
LOSPA TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT SYSTEM

device

$225
BENCOX FORET & BENCOX DELTA

device

$225
RECON HIPS

device

$121
MAKOPLASTY

device

$61
CORAIL

device

$58
MIS

device

$57
BIOSURGERY - TISSEEL

drug

$38
BIOLOGICS

device

$38
ORTHO-KNEE

device

$24
† 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/444190

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Feb 27, 2014 $368,753

Orthopedics Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Aug 18, 2016 $359,097

PINNACLE SUMMIT Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Sep 16, 2014 $353,872

Orthopedics Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Mar 9, 2015 $352,855

Orthopaedics Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Feb 18, 2016 $349,975

PINNACLE SUMMIT Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Nov 11, 2016 $349,911

PINNACLE SUMMIT Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Jun 24, 2014 $347,590

Orthopedics Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Jun 2, 2016 $346,856

PINNACLE SUMMIT Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
May 21, 2015 $337,551

Orthopaedics Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Sep 7, 2015 $335,684

Orthopaedics Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Sep 10, 2013 $330,106

Hips Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Nov 17, 2014 $327,338

Orthopedics Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Nov 19, 2013 $323,261

Hips Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Nov 16, 2015 $312,290

Orthopaedics Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Feb 6, 2014 $214,553

KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Feb 5, 2015 $201,375

KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Aug 1, 2014 $194,138

KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
May 1, 2014 $193,165

KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Nov 4, 2014 $184,623

KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Nov 6, 2013 $181,800

KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Apr 3, 2014 $14,006

Orthopedics Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC

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/444190

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].