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/571951
  • 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/571951
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

JOHN RAY

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine
2021 BATTLECREEK DR, UNIT D, FORT COLLINS, CO, 80528-5119

Payments: At a Glance

121

payments

$76,656

payment total

18

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Royalty or License
15 $45,296
Consulting
2 $10,200
Travel and Lodging
28 $9,252
Promotional Speaking/Other
2 $8,800
Food and Beverage
74 $3,107

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
SPINE

device

$63,775
INORBIT

device

$2,407
CALIBER-L

device

$1,837
VALEO INTERBODY

device

$1,267
BLAZER VERTEBRAL AUGMENTATION KIT

device

$1,081
KIVA VCF TREATMENT SYSTEM

device

$1,081
PRECISION PLUS SCS SYSTEM

device

$856
SPINAL IMPLANTS

device

$796
BLACKBIRD

device

$127
LANCER

device

$127
CREO MIS

device

$121
IFUSE IMPLANT

device

$107
TOMCAT

device

$94
VEO

device

$94
THUNDERBOLT

device

$94
EXPEDIUM

device

$85
THORACOLUMBAR

device

$84
VBA

device

$74
INTERVENTIONAL THERAPIES

device

$70
CERVICAL AND TRAUMA THERAPIES

device

$68
ARSENAL

device

$63
† 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/571951

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
May 30, 2014 $6,400

Spine Consulting Globus Medical, Inc.
Mar 31, 2014 $5,434

Spine Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
Dec 31, 2013 $5,078

Spine Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
Sep 30, 2013 $4,881

Spine Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
Jun 21, 2014 $4,800

Spine Promotional Speaking/Other Globus Medical, Inc.
Jun 30, 2014 $4,421

Spine Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
Dec 31, 2014 $4,181

Spine Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
Jun 21, 2014 $4,000

Spine Promotional Speaking/Other Globus Medical, Inc.
May 30, 2014 $3,800

Spine Consulting Globus Medical, Inc.
Mar 31, 2015 $3,733

Spine Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
Sep 30, 2014 $3,656

Spine Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
Feb 25, 2016 $3,381

No Listed Product Royalty or License Spineart SA
Jun 30, 2015 $2,974

Spine Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
May 29, 2014 $1,991

Spine Travel and Lodging Globus Medical, Inc.
Dec 31, 2015 $1,726

Spine Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
Sep 30, 2015 $1,586

Spine Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
Mar 31, 2016 $1,323

InOrbit Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
Jun 30, 2016 $1,084

InOrbit Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
Oct 12, 2015 $1,056

Kiva VCF Treatment System Blazer Vertebral Augmentation Kit Travel and Lodging Benvenue Medical Inc
Sep 30, 2016 $1,041

CALIBER-L Royalty or License Globus Medical, Inc.
May 28, 2015 $872

Spine Travel and Lodging Globus 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/571951

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].