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/98428
  • 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/98428
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

GEORGE VAN OSTEN

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
4381 SOUTH EASON BLVD., SUITE 303, NORTH MISSISSIPPI SPORTS MEDICINE AND ORTHOPAEDIC CLINI, TUPELO, MS, 38801

Payments: At a Glance

84

payments

$97,506

payment total

14

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Consulting
14 $71,725
Nonaccredited Training
4 $21,000
Travel and Lodging
17 $3,265
Food and Beverage
49 $1,516

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
TRAUMA

device

$62,570
N FORCE FIXATION SYSTEM

device

$17,000
NCB INSTRUMENTS/PLATES/SCREWS

device

$5,187
PRODUCT PORTFOLIO

device

$5,000
TRAUMA NEW PRODUCT

device

$5,000
SMALL BONE BLADES AND BURS

device

$730
ANKLE FIX PLATES AND INSTRUMENTS

device

$714
KNEES

device

$600
KNEE NEW PRODUCT

device

$138
FORTEO

drug

$126
EXOGEN

device

$77
AFFIXUS

device

$77
WOUND V.A.C. THERAPY

device

$42
SNAP

device

$32
PENNSAID

drug

$29
KCENTRA

drug

$27
PROLIA

drug

$25
OFIRMEV

drug

$21
SANTYL

drug

$19
SURGICAL

device

$14
SURGICAL PAIN INCISIONAL PRODUCTS

device

$14
† 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/98428

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Aug 9, 2013 $12,500

Trauma Consulting

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, in the context of providing bona fide consulting services to Zimmer.

Zimmer Holding Inc KVO VENTURES LLC
Oct 18, 2013 $11,000

Trauma Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Oct 5, 2016 $11,000

N Force Fixation System Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. KVO VENTURES LLC
Mar 3, 2015 $8,500

Trauma Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Jul 27, 2015 $7,125

Trauma Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Nov 2, 2016 $5,000

Product Portfolio Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. KVO VENTURES LLC
Dec 21, 2016 $5,000

NCB Instruments/Plates/Screws Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. KVO VENTURES LLC
Jun 9, 2016 $5,000

Trauma New Product Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. KVO Ventures LLC
Oct 26, 2016 $5,000

N Force Fixation System Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. KVO VENTURES LLC
Nov 17, 2014 $4,000

Trauma Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc KVO VENTURES LLC
Jul 20, 2015 $4,000

Trauma Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Jun 10, 2015 $4,000

Trauma Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Dec 5, 2014 $4,000

Trauma Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc KVO VENTURES LLC
Sep 3, 2014 $2,000

Trauma Nonaccredited Training

Details: Fee for Service, pursuant to a written contract, for serving as faculty at a Zimmer medical training and education event on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Mar 3, 2015 $1,500

Trauma Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Jun 17, 2015 $1,500

Trauma Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Oct 5, 2016 $1,000

N Force Fixation System Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. KVO VENTURES LLC
Nov 8, 2013 $810

Trauma Travel and Lodging

Details: Travel and lodging provided in the context of a medical training and education program on the safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Aug 10, 2015 $600

Knees Consulting Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Jul 28, 2016 $495

Small Bone Blades and Burs Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Feb 7, 2015 $490

Trauma Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, 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/98428

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].