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/535506
  • 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/535506
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

DAVID RAY

Listed Specialty: Anesthesiology
1100 CENTRAL AVE SE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM, 87106-4930

Payments: At a Glance

114

payments

$8,169

payment total

13

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Travel and Lodging
25 $4,654
Food and Beverage
85 $3,001
Education
4 $514

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
SENZA SPINAL CORD STIMULATION SYSTEM

device

$3,391
NEURO-CHRONIC PAIN

device

$3,119
DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION

device

$1,182
SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION

device

$297
DRUG INFUSION SYSTEMS

device

$239
SURG ANESTHESIA

device

$198
BOTOX

drug

$112
EON AND EONC AND EON MINI

device

$108
PROCLAIM AND PROCLAIM ELITE

device

$108
PROTEGE AND PROTEGE MRI

device

$108
PRODIGY AND PRODIGY MRI

device

$108
SOLIRIS

drug

$104
PAIN MANAGEMENT

device

$104
CHRONIC PAIN RADIOFREQ PRODUCTS

device

$96
BUTRANS

drug

$78
HYSINGLA ER

drug

$64
OXYCONTIN

drug

$64
MOVANTIK

drug

$38
SPECTRA SYSTEM

device

$37
IVS MULTIGEN RF

device

$23
PRECISION MRI SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR SYSTEM

device

$14
† 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/535506

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Mar 17, 2016 $761

Senza Spinal Cord Stimulation System Travel and Lodging Nevro Corp
Oct 24, 2014 $448

Neuro-Chronic Pain Deep Brain Stimulation Travel and Lodging St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Aug 15, 2014 $327

Neuro-Chronic Pain Travel and Lodging St. Jude Medical, Inc.
May 13, 2016 $271

Senza Spinal Cord Stimulation System Travel and Lodging Nevro Corp
Mar 20, 2016 $271

Senza Spinal Cord Stimulation System Travel and Lodging Nevro Corp
Apr 26, 2016 $260

Senza Spinal Cord Stimulation System Travel and Lodging Nevro Corp
May 6, 2016 $248

Senza Spinal Cord Stimulation System Travel and Lodging Nevro Corp
Apr 26, 2016 $230

Senza Spinal Cord Stimulation System Travel and Lodging Nevro Corp
Aug 16, 2014 $229

Neuro-Chronic Pain Travel and Lodging St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Aug 15, 2014 $229

Neuro-Chronic Pain Travel and Lodging St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Aug 3, 2016 $198

Surg Anesthesia Education Stryker Corporation
Feb 27, 2015 $170

Neuro-Chronic Pain Travel and Lodging St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Mar 21, 2016 $156

Senza Spinal Cord Stimulation System Travel and Lodging Nevro Corp
Aug 16, 2014 $155

Neuro-Chronic Pain Food and Beverage St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Aug 16, 2014 $150

Neuro-Chronic Pain Travel and Lodging St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Feb 28, 2015 $148

Neuro-Chronic Pain Travel and Lodging St. Jude Medical, Inc.
May 6, 2016 $146

Senza Spinal Cord Stimulation System Food and Beverage Nevro Corp
Mar 5, 2015 $143

SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION Education Medtronic USA, Inc.
Oct 25, 2014 $137

Neuro-Chronic Pain Deep Brain Stimulation Food and Beverage St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Oct 24, 2014 $135

Neuro-Chronic Pain Deep Brain Stimulation Travel and Lodging St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Oct 25, 2014 $135

Neuro-Chronic Pain Deep Brain Stimulation Travel and Lodging St. Jude Medical, 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/535506

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].