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.
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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/994058
  • 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/994058
If you spot an error, please let us know at [email protected]

MICHAEL TILLEY

Listed Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
3901 RAINBOW BLVD, MS 3017, KU ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY AND SPORTS MEDICINE, KANSAS CITY, KS, 66160

Payments: At a Glance

47

payments

$10,257

payment total

7

companies paid this doctor

Types of Payments

Category Payments Payment Value
Travel and Lodging
5 $3,566
Accredited Training
2 $3,003
Food and Beverage
39 $2,189
Consulting
1 $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
TRAUMA

device

$4,383
ALPS HAND

device

$545
HIPS

device

$408
KNEES

device

$341
EXTREMITIES

device

$338
SPINE

device

$338
NCB INSTRUMENTS/PLATES/SCREWS

device

$218
VARIAX

device

$172
PERIARTICULAR LOCKING PLATES

device

$160
EQUIVABONE

device

$150
PRIMATRIX

device

$123
FORTEO

drug

$110
VITOSS

device

$107
STIMULAN

device

$71
CUSTOM EXFIX

device

$65
ALLOWRAP

device

$64
RIB FIX BLU

device

$54
JUGGERKNOT

device

$24
AXSOS

device

$17
ANCHORAGE

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.

Payment Details

When How Much Related To What For From Third Party Payee
Mar 31, 2016 $2,500

No Listed Product Accredited Training

Details: Indirect value transfer (used to fund speakers selected by independent medical society)

Synthes GmbH
Dec 15, 2015 $1,617

Trauma Travel and Lodging

Details: DePuy Synthes Products LLC provides funding to an independent medical society in Europe to support didactic and hands-on educational programs involving orthopaedic related disease states and surgical techniques and procedures, under the medical guidance of independent surgeons. Under this program accredited by Eucomed, the independent medical society pays the surgeons a per diem and expenses for their development and presentation of these educational programs.

DePuy Synthes Products LLC
May 7, 2014 $1,500

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
Mar 31, 2016 $1,452

No Listed Product Travel and Lodging

Details: Indirect value transfer (used to support travel for attendees selected by an independent medical society)

Synthes GmbH
Dec 15, 2015 $503

Trauma Accredited Training

Details: DePuy Synthes Products LLC provides funding to an independent medical society in Europe to support didactic and hands-on educational programs involving orthopaedic related disease states and surgical techniques and procedures, under the medical guidance of independent surgeons. Under this program accredited by Eucomed, the independent medical society pays the surgeons a per diem and expenses for their development and presentation of these educational programs.

DePuy Synthes Products LLC
Apr 6, 2016 $271

Alps Hand Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Apr 18, 2016 $191

Alps Hand Travel and Lodging Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Oct 11, 2016 $150

EquivaBone Food and Beverage Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Mar 31, 2016 $141

No Listed Product Food and Beverage

Details: Indirect value transfer (used to provide meals to attendees of an independent medical society)

Synthes GmbH
Apr 23, 2015 $123

Primatrix Food and Beverage TEI Medical Inc.
Apr 10, 2014 $114

Trauma Food and Beverage

Details: Food and beverage provided in the context of a Zimmer event oractivity related to business meetings and medical training and education on safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Mar 25, 2015 $108

Knees Hips Extremities Spine Trauma Food and Beverage Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Feb 3, 2016 $107

Variax vitoss Food and Beverage Stryker Corporation
Aug 8, 2016 $102

NCB Instruments/Plates/Screws Food and Beverage Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Dec 18, 2013 $99

FORTEO Food and Beverage LILLY USA, LLC
Oct 29, 2013 $98

Trauma Food and Beverage

Details: Food and beverage provided in the context of a Zimmer event or activity related to business meetings and medical training and education on safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Apr 18, 2016 $93

Periarticular Locking Plates Food and Beverage Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Apr 19, 2016 $91

NCB Instruments/Plates/Screws Food and Beverage Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Mar 19, 2014 $91

Trauma Food and Beverage

Details: Food and beverage provided in the context of a Zimmer event oractivity related to business meetings and medical training and education on safe and effective use of Zimmer products.

Zimmer Holding Inc
Jun 10, 2015 $79

Knees Hips Extremities Spine Trauma Food and Beverage Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
Mar 26, 2015 $76

Knees Hips Extremities Spine Trauma Food and Beverage 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/994058

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].