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/96839
  • 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/96839
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

ROBERT BURKS

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
590 WAKARA WAY, SALT LAKE CITY, UT, 84108-1200

Payments: At a Glance

56

payments

$81,731

payment total

7

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Royalty or License
14 $45,108
Consulting
10 $30,888
Travel and Lodging
6 $2,365
Food and Beverage
20 $1,537
Education
5 $1,333
Promotional Speaking/Other
1 $500

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
KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY

device

$33,015
SPORTS MEDICINE

device

$29,365
KNEE & HIP INSTRUMENTS ACLPCL DISPOSABLES GUIDE PINS

device

$12,254
SHOULDER & ELBOW ARTHROSCOPY

device

$1,500
ORTHOPEDICS

device

$1,173
SHOULDER - SMJT

device

$355
GRYPHON

device

$234
HEALIX

device

$234
KNEES

device

$120
BIOCRYL

device

$119
RIGIDLOOP

device

$119
MONOVISC

device

$116
EARLY INTERVENTION

device

$112
QUATTRO

device

$110
APERFIX

device

$110
SPORTS_SURGICAL

device

$109
SPORTS_EARLY INTERVENTION

device

$109
ACCUFILL

device

$39
SHOULDER/SMJT

device

$28
ORTHO-KNEE

device

$28
SHOULDER/SM JT

device

$21
† 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/96839

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Sep 21, 2015 $12,150

Sports Medicine Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Dec 13, 2013 $5,200

Sports Medicine Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Aug 15, 2013 $3,911

KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR ROBERT BURKS, PC
Feb 14, 2014 $3,549

KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR ROBERT BURKS, PC
Aug 15, 2016 $3,509

KNEE & HIP INSTRUMENTS ACLPCL DISPOSABLES GUIDE PINS Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR. ROBERT BURKS
Aug 15, 2014 $3,471

KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR ROBERT BURKS, PC
Feb 13, 2015 $3,440

KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc.
May 15, 2014 $3,397

KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR ROBERT BURKS, PC
Aug 14, 2015 $3,244

KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR. ROBERT BURKS
May 15, 2015 $3,219

KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc.
Nov 13, 2013 $3,213

KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR ROBERT BURKS, PC
May 13, 2016 $3,073

KNEE & HIP INSTRUMENTS ACLPCL DISPOSABLES GUIDE PINS Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR. ROBERT BURKS
Feb 12, 2016 $3,013

KNEE & HIP INSTRUMENTS ACLPCL DISPOSABLES GUIDE PINS Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR. ROBERT BURKS
Jan 21, 2015 $2,925

Sports Medicine Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Nov 14, 2014 $2,764

KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR ROBERT BURKS, PC
Nov 15, 2016 $2,660

KNEE & HIP INSTRUMENTS ACLPCL DISPOSABLES GUIDE PINS Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR. ROBERT BURKS
Nov 13, 2015 $2,645

KNEE & HIP ARTHROSCOPY Royalty or License Arthrex, Inc. DR. ROBERT BURKS
Apr 3, 2014 $2,275

Sports Medicine Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Dec 1, 2016 $1,688

No Listed Product Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Apr 14, 2015 $1,350

Sports Medicine Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
Aug 12, 2015 $1,350

Sports Medicine Consulting DePuy Orthopaedics 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/96839

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].