Doctors At Southern Hospitals Take The Most Payments From Drug, Device Companies

Featured on NPR , ProPublica’sRyann Grochowski Jones and Charles Ornstein outline how a hospital’s location and whether it is for-profit make a big difference in the share of its doctors taking industry payments like meals, travel and speaking fees.

Summary:

Among hospitals with at least 50 affiliated doctors, the one with the highest proportion of doctors taking payments was St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett, a relatively small hospital outside Memphis that is owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp. Fifty-nine of the 62 doctors for which Medicare listed St. Francis as their primary affiliation took payments in 2014, a rate of 95 percent. At the A hospitals we analyzed, 46 percent of doctors took a payment, compared to 48 percent at B hospitals, 58 percent at C hospitals and 63 percent at hospitals rated as incomplete because their policies were “insufficient for evaluation.”

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics earned a high grade on ProPublica’s payment scorecard.The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics earned a high grade on ProPublica’s payment scorecard. Other hospitals with below-average rates, including Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford Hospital, limit interactions between doctors and pharmaceutical representatives and monitor doctor interactions with industry closely, officials said.

Check out our post of the ProPublica analysis