Trends in reported industry payments to physicians practicing cardiac electrophysiology from 2013 to 2018 in the United States

Andrew S. Tseng, Tiffany Y. Hu, Justin Z. Lee, Mustapha Amin, Vaibhav Vaidya, Abhishek J. Deshmukh, Malini Madhavan, Yong Mei Cha, Samuel J. Asirvatham, Siva Mulpuru

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Abstract

Introduction: The need for transparency in financial relationships in the healthcare system, has culminated in Open Payments database, managed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Since its inception in 2013, the trend in such payments to physicians practicing cardiac electrophysiology was not examined. Methods and Results: Payment information reported to CMS from January 2013 to December 2018 was obtained from the publicly available Open Payments data set using the online query tool. The data were analyzed by an individual provider and by state. An in-depth analysis of payments in the year 2018 payments was performed. From 2014 to 2018, there was an 18% increase in the total number of payments reported from 88 877 payments in 2014 to 105 000 in 2018. Despite the increase in the total number of payments reported, the average payment steadily decreased over time, resulting in an overall reduction in the total amount of payments from 2014 to 2018 ($34.9 million to $28.2 million). Payments to the top 5% of individual recipients have also decreased over this time. In 2018, 2888 unique providers received reportable payments, a total of 105 000 payments, with a median payment amount of $1378 (interquartile range: $165–$5781). The majority of these payments were for food and beverage (82%) and travel/lodging (10%). The top five payers include Boston Scientific, Medtronic Vascular, Abbott Laboratories, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Biotronik. Conclusion: Among cardiac electrophysiologists, there is increased reporting of payments in the Open Payments program over time, with a notable decrease in the payment amount.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of cardiovascular electrophysiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • cardiac electrophysiology
  • conflicts of interest
  • financial payments
  • heart rhythm specialists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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