Last year CT physicians and teaching hospitals received $34 million from manufacturers and GPOs

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New data shows that 21 teaching hospitals and 13,310 physicians in CT received $34 million in payments and gifts from drug and device manufacturers and Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) last year. Open Payments, the searchable federal data source, was created by the Affordable Care Act which requires that manufacturers disclose payments to physicians and teaching hospitals. At $28 million, CT physicians received almost five times as much as teaching hospitals last year. The majority, $16.8 million, of CT physician payments last year was compensation for consulting or speaking fees. Industries paid another $6.6 million for travel, lodging, entertainment, gifts, food and beverages for CT physicians. In contrast, less than $1 million was paid to CT physicians for research. CT teaching hospitals received $5.9 million last year, down from $8.3 million in 2015. In contrast to physician payments, 85% of payments to CT hospitals was for research. Yale-New Haven and Hartford hospitals received 60% of total CT payments.