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/75364
  • 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/75364
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

STEPHEN GRIFFITH

Listed Specialty: Neurological Surgery
4320 WORNALL RD, SUITE 710, KANSAS CITY, MO, 64111-5941

Payments: At a Glance

136

payments

$30,700

payment total

8

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Promotional Speaking/Other
2 $24,300
Food and Beverage
129 $3,793
Travel and Lodging
5 $2,607

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
THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES

device

$18,439
ADAPTIVESTIM

device

$8,616
DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION

device

$820
SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION

device

$813
RESTORE

device

$629
DRUG INFUSION SYSTEMS

device

$512
CERETOM

device

$226
BODYTOM

device

$226
ACTIVA

device

$180
MEDPOR

device

$129
PAIN MANAGEMENT

device

$87
SYNCHROMED

device

$76
CERTAS

device

$65
SACRAL NERVE STIMULATION

device

$49
COVIDIEN

device

$27
LIORESAL

device

$6
ASCENDA

device

$5
SURESCAN

device

$3
† 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
Apr 8, 2015 $15,800

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc. Griffith Consulting Llc
Nov 2, 2016 $8,500

ADAPTIVESTIM Promotional Speaking/Other Medtronic USA, Inc. Griffith Consulting Llc
Mar 20, 2015 $1,691

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Travel and Lodging Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Mar 20, 2015 $561

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Travel and Lodging Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Jul 21, 2014 $226

CereTom BodyTom Travel and Lodging NeuroLogica Corporation, A Subsidiary of Samsung Electronics
Dec 1, 2015 $172

RESTORE Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jun 26, 2014 $165

DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Mar 20, 2015 $150

THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES Food and Beverage Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
May 31, 2014 $142

DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Oct 28, 2014 $135

DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Sep 9, 2013 $133

DRUG INFUSION SYSTEMS Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Sep 12, 2013 $132

SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Feb 18, 2014 $130

DRUG INFUSION SYSTEMS Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jul 30, 2015 $120

SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Aug 25, 2015 $116

MEDPOR Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Mar 6, 2014 $116

DRUG INFUSION SYSTEMS Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Dec 15, 2015 $112

ACTIVA Food and Beverage Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
Jun 10, 2015 $102

DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Oct 22, 2014 $95

DRUG INFUSION SYSTEMS Food and Beverage Medtronic USA, Inc.
Jan 16, 2015 $92

DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION Food and Beverage Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
Aug 11, 2014 $90

SPINAL CORD NEUROSTIMULATION Food and Beverage 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/75364

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].