Analysis Finds High Number Of Doctors At 14 San Diego Hospitals Take Industry Gifts
The analysis by ProPublica shows that the hospital's owner is an important factor in whether a doctor has received gifts or payments from the drug or medical device industry. Of doctors affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, which has strict policies to restrict such activities, 27 percent took payments, whereas at Scripps Green Hospital 83.8 percent did.
Many San Diego Hospitals Don’t Restrict Drug Industry Payments To Doctors
Doctors have accepted free meals, gifts, travel expenses and other payments from the drug and medical device industry for years. But because of concerns those payments might influence treatment decisions, the Affordable Care Act requires public disclosure. Now, investigative journalists with ProPublica have sorted the payments by each doctor’s primary hospital. Not only does the data show wide variation across the country, but the extent to which doctors accept those payments depends greatly on the hospital with which they’re affiliated. (Clark, 6/29)
The Desert Sun:
Palm Springs Area Doctors Receive Money From Drug Makers
Doctors at the Coachella Valley's two largest hospitals were more likely than doctors at most other large California hospitals to receive money from drug and medical device makers, according to the first analysis of its kind. A study by the nonprofit journalism outfit ProPublica of payments reported to the federal government found that roughly 75 percent of doctors primarily affiliated with Desert Regional and Eisenhower hospitals and who accept Medicare took payments from outside companies in 2014. (Newkirk, 6/29)