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/901130
  • 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/901130
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

RONALD APFELBAUM

Listed Specialty: Neurological Surgery
100 N MEDICAL DR, SALT LAKE CITY, UT, 84113-1103

Payments: At a Glance

40

payments

$465,780

payment total

3

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Royalty or License
23 $450K
Travel and Lodging
8 $8,630
Promotional Speaking/Other
1 $5,928
Food and Beverage
8 $753

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

$415K
S4 POSTERIOR CERVICAL SYSTEM

device

$44,260
ABC/ABC2 CERVICAL PLATING SYSTEM

device

$6,399
THORACOLUMBAR THERAPIES

device

$38
† 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
Jan 7, 2014 $52,980

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap AG
Jan 24, 2014 $49,726

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC
Jul 25, 2014 $49,210

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC
Jan 23, 2015 $39,190

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC Ronald I Apfelbaum M D P C
Oct 2, 2013 $38,816

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap AG
Apr 8, 2014 $38,528

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap AG
Jul 24, 2015 $37,842

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC Ronald I Apfelbaum M D P C
Jul 8, 2014 $37,647

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap AG
Oct 9, 2014 $32,951

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap AG
Jan 8, 2015 $27,426

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap AG
Feb 5, 2016 $22,276

S4 Posterior Cervical System Royalty or License Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC
Aug 5, 2016 $21,984

S4 Posterior Cervical System Royalty or License Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC
Sep 30, 2016 $5,928

ABC/ABC2 Cervical Plating System Promotional Speaking/Other Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC
Oct 16, 2013 $5,567

Spine Travel and Lodging Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC
Nov 6, 2015 $1,236

Spine Travel and Lodging Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC
Nov 14, 2013 $679

Spine Travel and Lodging Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC
Nov 3, 2013 $370

Spine Travel and Lodging Aesculap AG
Apr 8, 2014 $338

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap AG
Jul 8, 2014 $317

Spine Royalty or License Aesculap AG
Jul 13, 2016 $285

ABC/ABC2 Cervical Plating System Royalty or License Aesculap AG
Nov 3, 2013 $270

Spine Food and Beverage Aesculap AG

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/901130

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].