Ready-to-use data on billions of dollars paid by pharmaceutical companies to medical providers and health care institutions between August 2013 and December 2015. Dollars for Docs now covers nearly $6.25 billion in medical industry payments made to more than 800,000 physicians in the U.S., and can be combined with other provider-level data through our exclusive NPI-Open Payments ID crosswalk.
This dataset is ProPublica's premium version of the federal Open Payments database; it has been cleaned, analyzed, and matched with additional data. It includes:
- A summary for each provider in the database, including their specialty, contact information, and aggregated payment information (number of payments received, total monetary value of payments received, and number of companies from which payments were received).
- A ready-to-use version of the federal Open Payments data, for which we have cleaned company names, drug names, and device names. We have standardized how each company, drug, and device is listed, and eliminated duplicates (meaning if a product was listed as both a drug and device, we figured out which was correct).
- An analysis-ready version of the payment file, with each drug or device associated with a payment represented on its own line. Open Payments records sometimes include multiple drugs and/or devices associated with each payment. (Each drug or device is assigned the full value of the payment.) Our flattened file makes it easier to compare spending associated with different drugs.
- An NPI-Open Payments crosswalk which matches providers Open Payment IDs to their National Provider Identifier (NPI) number.
Custom data runs are also available, with selections based on information such as provider specialty, location, NPI number, or hospital affiliation, as well as drug, device, and/or manufacturer.