PROPUBLICA data — Research Physicians' Prescribing Habits

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


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Prescriber Checkup data — Analyze an individual providers' prescribing habits using ProPublica's version of the Medicare Part D data.

SOURCE: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
COVERAGE: 2011-2015
• Access provider details including name, location and summary prescription tallies. This includes all providers who wrote at least 50 prescriptions for at least one drug in the covered calendar year.
• Analyze list of drugs prescribed by each provider.
• Access drug file by category, including antibiotics, Beers list drugs, and more.
• View and analyze a summary file of all drugs dispensed in Medicare Part D in the covered calendar year, based on the number of fills, including the respective fill rank and cost rank in each state.
• Access rankings for drugs within each specialty and state.
• Match data in Open Payments with NPI numbers, to link with other provider-level data.

Dollars For Docs data — Access data on nearly $6.25 billion in medical industry payments made to more than 800,000 physicians in the U.S. This dataset is ProPublica's unique, NPI-matched version of the federal Open Payments database.

SOURCE: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
COVERAGE: 2013-2016
• View NPI-Open Payments crosswalk, matching providers Open Payment IDs to their National Provider Identifier (NPI) number.
• Access Provider summary, including 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)
• Analyze payment file, with each drug or device associated with a payment represented. Open Payments records sometimes include multiple drugs and/or devices associated with each payment.

Research with ProPublica

How Should Journals Handle the COI of Their Editors? Who Watches the “Watchers”JD Gottlieb, NM Bressler

Payments to Physicians: Does the Amount of Money Make a Difference? B Lo , D Grady

Association Between Academic Medical Center Pharmaceutical Detailing Policies and Physician Prescribing, I. Larkin, D. Ang, J. Steinhart

Is There a Conflict of Interest? S Ginsburg, W Levinson

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