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/72707
  • 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/72707
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

PETER BONUTTI

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
1303 W EVERGREEN AVE STE 101, EFFINGHAM, IL, 62401-1619

Payments: At a Glance

345

payments

$9,194,856

payment total

7

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Royalty or License
23 $9.13M
Travel and Lodging
186 $49,284
Consulting
4 $9,000
Food and Beverage
131 $6,937
Honoraria
1 $250

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
KNEES

device

$7.43M
HIPS

device

$2.7M
TRIATHLON

device

$1.23M
ACCOLADE

device

$1.22M
TRIDENT

device

$1.22M
SET - SPORTS MEDICINE

device

$220K
SOFT TISSUE MECHANICAL

device

$9,078
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

device

$7,895
ROBOTICS

device

$6,959
OTHER

device

$5,722
MAKOPLASTY

device

$3,621
RIO

device

$3,165
TRITANIUM

device

$1,733
JOINT PRESERVATION

device

$419
PATIENT CARE

device

$326
RECON CAPITAL

device

$166
BIOMATERIALS

device

$62
TRAUMA AND EXTREMITIES

device

$52
RESTORATION

device

$31
ELIQUIS

drug

$29
NEURO SPINE ENT

device

$16
† 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/72707

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Apr 7, 2015 $5,000,000

KNEES Royalty or License DePuy Synthes Products LLC Bonutti Skeletal Innovations
Feb 6, 2014 $326,485

HIPS KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Feb 4, 2016 $313,812

Accolade Triathlon Trident Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Aug 11, 2016 $310,031

Accolade Triathlon Trident Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Feb 5, 2015 $309,009

HIPS KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
May 3, 2016 $301,645

Accolade Triathlon Trident Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Aug 1, 2014 $301,229

HIPS KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
May 1, 2014 $296,865

HIPS KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Nov 14, 2016 $296,188

Accolade Triathlon Trident Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Aug 6, 2015 $295,886

HIPS KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
May 7, 2015 $292,616

HIPS KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Nov 4, 2014 $289,727

HIPS KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Nov 5, 2015 $284,145

HIPS KNEES Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Nov 6, 2013 $282,995

HIPS Royalty or License Stryker Corporation
Aug 9, 2013 $202,323

SET - SPORTS MEDICINE Royalty or License Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC BONUTTI SKELETAL INNOVATIONS LLC
Aug 9, 2013 $17,351

SET - SPORTS MEDICINE Royalty or License Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC BONUTTI SKELETAL INNOVATIONS LLC
Oct 17, 2013 $3,000

KNEES Consulting Stryker Corporation
Oct 31, 2013 $2,408

Soft Tissue Mechanical Royalty or License Covidien LP
Oct 28, 2015 $2,022

HIPS KNEES ROBOTICS Travel and Lodging Stryker Corporation
Sep 4, 2014 $2,000

HIPS KNEES Consulting Stryker Corporation
Oct 29, 2015 $2,000

KNEES Consulting Stryker 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/72707

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].