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.
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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/65057
  • 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/65057
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

MICHAEL DITOLLA

Listed Specialty: Dentist, General Practice
255 WALNUT ST, NEWPORT BEACH, CA, 92663-1941

Payments: At a Glance

190

payments

$274,270

payment total

17

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Honoraria
108 $129K
Accredited Training
34 $78,790
Promotional Speaking/Other
6 $30,907
Consulting
14 $18,300
Travel and Lodging
11 $6,387
Nonaccredited Training
1 $6,300
Gift
4 $4,075
Food and Beverage
12 $1,011

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
PICASSO/PICASSO LITE

device

$43,000
ENDODONTICS

device

$29,000
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

device

$27,090
DENTAL DIODE LASER

device

$23,000
CERAMIR CROWN & BRIDGE

drug

$20,500
CERAMIR CROWN & BRIDGE CEMENT

device

$17,000
GENERAL DENTISTRY

device

$14,606
ENDODONTIC DENTISTRY

device

$13,202
CERAMIR CROWN & BRIDGE

device

$10,000
DENTAL AND ORTHODONTIC SUPPLIES

device

$7,000
DENTAL TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT

device

$5,000
GRANDIOSO

device

$3,125
CONSUMABLE DENTISTRY

device

$2,050
RESTORATIVE

device

$2,000
DENTAL TECHNOLOGY

device

$1,806
TRUE DEFINTION SCANNER

device

$1,283
DENTAL OPTICAL IMPRESSION CAD/CAM SYSTEM

device

$217
FUTURABOND U

device

$65
IMPLANT DENTISTRY

device

$25
† 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.

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Sep 26, 2013 $8,750

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Aseptico, Inc.
Jul 14, 2014 $8,190

Restorative Dentistry Accredited Training Kerr Corporation
Jun 29, 2015 $6,300

Restorative Dentistry Nonaccredited Training Kerr Corporation
May 28, 2015 $6,097

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Carestream Dental, LLC
Dec 22, 2014 $6,000

Dental Diode Laser Picasso/Picasso Lite Honoraria AMD GROUP LLC
May 6, 2015 $5,699

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Carestream Dental, LLC
Sep 25, 2014 $5,000

Dental Tools and Equipment Promotional Speaking/Other Dental Equipment LLC
Mar 25, 2015 $5,000

No Listed Product Accredited Training Henry Schein, Inc.
Jul 2, 2015 $4,361

No Listed Product Promotional Speaking/Other Carestream Dental, LLC
Aug 18, 2014 $4,000

General Dentistry Accredited Training Kerr Corporation
Jan 10, 2014 $3,800

Endodontics Accredited Training Kerr Corporation
Nov 15, 2013 $3,800

Endodontics Accredited Training Kerr Corporation
Sep 30, 2015 $3,800

Restorative Dentistry Accredited Training Kerr Corporation
Mar 31, 2014 $3,800

Endodontics Accredited Training Kerr Corporation
Jun 30, 2014 $3,800

Endodontics Accredited Training Kerr Corporation
Oct 3, 2014 $3,800

Endodontics Accredited Training Kerr Corporation
Jun 30, 2015 $3,800

Restorative Dentistry Accredited Training Kerr Corporation
Apr 1, 2015 $3,800

General Dentistry Consulting Kerr Corporation
Dec 19, 2016 $3,000

Picasso/Picasso Lite Honoraria AMD GROUP LLC
Sep 30, 2015 $2,500

Restorative Dentistry Accredited Training Kerr Corporation
Mar 31, 2014 $2,500

Endodontics Accredited Training Kerr Corporation

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/65057

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].