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/63660
  • 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/63660
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

JOSEPH BABROWICZ

Listed Specialty: Surgical Critical Care
106 IRVING ST NW, STE 3150 NORTH, WASHINGTON, DC, 20010-2927

Payments: At a Glance

240

payments

$170,090

payment total

24

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
35 $125K
Travel and Lodging
83 $24,098
Consulting
13 $16,352
Food and Beverage
108 $4,496
Education
1 $10

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
CLYDESDALE

device

$60,272
THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES

device

$55,964
DIVERGENCE-L

device

$31,036
CAPSTONE

device

$6,221
RELAY

device

$5,453
DIVERGENCE

device

$4,800
CD HORIZON

device

$2,465
PERIMETER

device

$1,500
AFX

device

$1,168
VASCULAR

device

$189
ECM PATCH

device

$157
ACUSEAL VASCULAR GRAFT

device

$134
C3 DELIVERY SYSTEM

device

$127
SPINE

device

$82
PROPATEN VASCULAR GRAFT

device

$59
CVX-300/CVX-300P

device

$58
MYNX VASCULAR CLOSURE DEVICE

device

$50
FLASH OSTIAL SYSTEM

device

$50
AAA STENT GRAFTS

device

$49
O-ARM-SPINE

device

$38
INFECTION MANAGEMENT

device

$36
† 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/63660

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Apr 16, 2015 $7,434

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Oct 13, 2014 $5,796

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Oct 18, 2016 $5,738

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Mar 30, 2016 $5,644

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jul 8, 2015 $5,607

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Jul 26, 2016 $5,588

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Nov 8, 2016 $5,325

DIVERGENCE-L Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Sep 16, 2016 $4,800

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Apr 27, 2016 $4,800

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Mar 17, 2016 $4,800

DIVERGENCE-L Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Nov 22, 2016 $4,800

DIVERGENCE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Aug 9, 2016 $4,725

DIVERGENCE-L Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Apr 27, 2016 $4,425

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Apr 28, 2016 $4,425

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Sep 22, 2016 $4,425

DIVERGENCE-L Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
May 4, 2015 $4,347

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Consulting Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Dec 16, 2013 $4,190

Thoracolumbar Therapies Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Dec 5, 2014 $4,064

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Dec 9, 2016 $4,050

DIVERGENCE-L Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Mar 30, 2016 $4,032

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc.
Apr 12, 2016 $3,670

CLYDESDALE Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, 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/63660

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].