Thursday, October 2, 2014

Continuing our series on the CMS Open Payments database, I offer this chart prepared by Walid Gellad, and posted on Twitter at @walidgellad, summarizing the payments made from Intuitive Surgical to doctors and hospitals for five months in 2103.  Gellad describes himself as "Primary care physician. Health services research. Co-direct Pitt Center for Pharmaceutical Policy & Prescribing. Opinions my own."  Here's his bio.

Striking to me, as I noted below, is the number of payments and amount (over $2 million) made for "education," i.e., paying doctors to attend training sessions on the use of the daVinci robotic surgery equipment.


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