10 states where device companies paid surgeons the most money in 2020

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Orthopedic devicemakers are among the biggest spenders in medtech when it comes to payments made to physicians.

CMS' Open Payments program requires drug and devicemakers to report payments or transfers of value to physicians, teaching hospitals and other providers to increase the transparency of these relationships. Data for 2020 was made public June 30 in the CMS Open Payments Database.

Here are the 10 states where surgeons received the most money from device companies last year:

Note: A payment is associated with a state based on the physician's most recent practice address registered with CMS. This data applies only to physicians who received general and research payments and does not include payments made to teaching hospitals.

1. California

Total amount: $239.9 million
Total payments: 605,552
Mean amount per physician: $4,520

2. Florida

Total amount: $132.9 million
Total payments: 493,274
Mean amount per physician: $3,549

3. New York

Total amount: $107 million
Total payments: 407,579
Mean amount per physician: $3,011

4. Texas

Total amount: $98.2 million
Total payments: 546,573
Mean amount per physician: $2,490

5. Pennsylvania

Total amount: $68.3 million
Total payments: 259,724
Mean amount per physician: $3,057

6. Virginia

Total amount: $60.9 million
Total payments: 139,189
Mean amount per physician: $5,016

7. Illinois

Total amount: $60.1 million
Total payments: 200,410
Mean amount per physician: $3,088

8. Ohio

Total amount: $52.1 million
Total payments: 216,542
Mean amount per physician: $2769

9. North Carolina

Total amount: $50.5 million
Total payments: 168,459
Mean amount per physician: $3,657

10. Massachusetts

Total amount: $48.6 million
Total payments: 73,779
Mean amount per physician: $4,819

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