Distributions of Industry Payments to Massachusetts Physicians

New England Journal of Medicine, 2013

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 12-27

Posted: 7 May 2013 Last revised: 22 May 2013

See all articles by Aaron S. Kesselheim

Aaron S. Kesselheim

Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Christopher T. Robertson

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law; Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics

Kent Siri

Independent

Puneet Batra

Independent

Jessica Franklin

Independent

Date Written: May 1, 2013

Abstract

Some states have mandated systematic public disclosure of payments made by drug- and device-makers to health care practitioners. We used Massachusetts data to characterize the distribution of payment types and the variation among medical specialties.

The 30 months’ of data included 32,227 reported payments to 11,734 Massachusetts physicians, for a total of $76.7 million. The most common form of payment was food. Compensation for bona fide services was the payment type with the highest value.

We found that 25% of currently licensed Massachusetts physicians received at least one payment during the study period. Prevalence ranged by specialties from pediatricians (12%) and family practitioners (21%) to urologists (61%) and gastroenterologists (57%). The highest average per-physician amounts were received by orthopedic surgeons ($18,446) and physicians in various specialties within internal medicine, including endocrinology ($17,407), infectious diseases ($15,922), and pulmonology ($13,027). The policy implications are briefly discussed.

Keywords: distributions of payments, payments to health care practitioners, industry payments

Suggested Citation

Kesselheim, Aaron S. and Robertson, Christopher T. and Siri, Kent and Batra, Puneet and Franklin, Jessica, Distributions of Industry Payments to Massachusetts Physicians (May 1, 2013). New England Journal of Medicine, 2013; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 12-27. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2261291

Aaron S. Kesselheim

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Kent Siri

Independent ( email )

Puneet Batra

Independent ( email )

Jessica Franklin

Independent ( email )

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