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/52332
  • 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/52332
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

DAVID SAPER

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
725 ALBANY ST, SHAPIRO 4, SUITE B, BOSTON, MA, 02118-2526

Payments: At a Glance

84

payments

$22,758

payment total

11

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Education
6 $13,299
Travel and Lodging
31 $6,916
Food and Beverage
47 $2,543

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
OTHER TRAUMA

device

$2,018
JOINT IMPLANTS

device

$1,701
HIPS

device

$1,450
KNEES

device

$1,450
JUGGERKNOT

device

$804
JUGGERKNOTLESS

device

$790
ZUK UNI

device

$699
ANTHOLOGY

device

$699
JOURNEY II BCS

device

$699
R3

device

$699
SYNERGY HIP SYSTEM

device

$699
CHARLOTE SHOULDER INSTR

device

$407
PRECISION INSTRUMENTS

device

$407
SPORTS MED KNEE

device

$263
ORTHOPAEDICS

device

$231
ORTHOPEDICS

device

$223
SPINE

device

$208
RECON HIPS

device

$155
EXPAREL

drug

$126
AEQUALIS ASCEND FLEX

device

$117
JOURNEY II

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/52332

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Nov 18, 2015 $5,000

No Listed Product Education

Details: Education Grant provided to University of Chicago

Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Feb 4, 2016 $5,000

No Listed Product Education

Details: Education Grant provided to University of Chicago

Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Jun 2, 2016 $2,695

No Listed Product Education Arthrex, Inc.
Mar 14, 2016 $756

Juggerknotless Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Apr 24, 2014 $634

Joint Implants Travel and Lodging ENCORE MEDICAL, LP
Sep 25, 2014 $538

HIPS Knees Travel and Lodging

Details: Related to Product Training Activity

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Sep 19, 2013 $494

Other Trauma Travel and Lodging Smith & Nephew, Inc.
May 26, 2014 $479

Joint Implants Travel and Lodging ENCORE MEDICAL, LP
Jun 4, 2016 $398

Juggerknot Precision Instruments Charlote Shoulder Instr Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Sep 25, 2016 $371

Anthology R3 Synergy Hip System ZUK Uni Journey II BCS Travel and Lodging Smith & Nephew, Inc.
May 16, 2016 $350

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Arthrex, Inc.
Nov 14, 2014 $299

Other Trauma Travel and Lodging Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Mar 17, 2016 $281

Juggerknot Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Nov 15, 2014 $262

Other Trauma Travel and Lodging Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Jan 7, 2015 $231

Orthopaedics Education

Details: MEDICAL TEXTBOOK

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Dec 3, 2014 $223

Orthopedics Education

Details: Medical Textbook

DePuy Synthes Sales Inc.
Jul 1, 2016 $211

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging Arthrex, Inc.
Nov 13, 2014 $206

Other Trauma Travel and Lodging Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Dec 9, 2015 $198

Sports Med Knee Travel and Lodging Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Apr 25, 2014 $194

Joint Implants Food and Beverage ENCORE MEDICAL, LP
Sep 26, 2016 $193

Anthology R3 Synergy Hip System ZUK Uni Journey II BCS Travel and Lodging Smith & Nephew, 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/52332

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].