Am J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg | Volume 5, Issue 10 | Short Communication | Open Access
Kamamoto S1,2, Murayama A1,3*, Saito H1,4, Yamashita E1, Tanimoto T1,5 and Ozaki A1,6
1Medical Governance Research Institute, Japan 2Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan 3Tohoku University School of Medicine, Japan 4Department of Gastroenterology, Sendai Kousei Hospital, Japan 5Department of Internal Medicine, Navitas Clinic Tachikawa, Japan 6Department of Breast and Thyroid Surgery, Jyoban Hospital, Japan
*Correspondance to: Murayama AFulltext PDF
The Open Payments Database, a legal-binding transparency was initiated in 2010 in the United States, and since then, an increasing trend in the industry payments to otolaryngologists was observed a few years after the enactment. This study evaluated the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the trend in non-research payments to otolaryngologists in the United States between January 2014 and December 2020. A total of 12,618 otolaryngologists received 55,067 general payments totaling $80,019,175 between 2014 and 2020. The payments per physician and the number of physicians receiving payments declined by -63.3% (95% Confidence Interval [95% CI]: -70.1% – -55.0%, p<0.001) and -63.7% (95% CI: -64.8% – -62.5%, p<0.001) at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, respectively, while there was a recovery trend of 6.4% (95% CI: 5.9%‒6.9%, p<0.001) monthly increase in number of physicians receiving payments.
COVID-19; Poisson distribution; Otolaryngologists
Kamamoto S, Murayama A, Saito H, Yamashita E, Tanimoto T, Ozaki A. Trend in Industry Payments to Otolaryngologists in the United States during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Seven-Year Analysis of the Open Payments Database from 2014 to 2020. Am J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022;5(10):1217.