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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,828Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 112

$1.67M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 112

1,031 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

18% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
higher than average Average for
this specialty
in California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 995 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

12% of this provider’s 1,031 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 11%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 995 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

8% of this provider’s 1,031 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 5%.

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Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$214 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $108 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$540K

2012

$909K

2013

$1.26M

2014

$1.67M

2015

Number of Claims

5,879

2012

7,111

2013

7,564

2014

7,828

2015

This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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O

An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

1,993

prescriptions, 25% of all prescriptions

1,917

prescriptions.

391

patients, 38% of all patients

10 1 2
ELIQUIS

Used to help prevent stroke... +

Used to help prevent strokes or blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation (a condition in which the heart beats irregularly, increasing the chance of clots forming in the body and possibly causing strokes) that is not caused by heart valve disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

971

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

955

prescriptions.

189

patients, 18% of all patients

10 2 5
AMIODARONE HCL

Amiodarone is used to treat... +

Amiodarone is used to treat and prevent certain types of serious, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm when other medications did not help or could not be tolerated. Source: National Library of Medicine

944

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

922

prescriptions.

285

patients, 28% of all patients

10 3 4
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

702

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

651

prescriptions.

145

patients, 14% of all patients

4 3
FLECAINIDE ACETATE

Flecainide is used to preve... +

Flecainide is used to prevent certain types of life-threatening irregular heartbeats. Source: National Library of Medicine

637

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

605

prescriptions.

116

patients, 11% of all patients

10 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

478

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

461

prescriptions.

109

patients, 11% of all patients

6 11
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

Treats heart rhythm problems in patients who have a history of atrial fibrillation. Source: National Library of Medicine

280

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

7 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

232

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

8 14
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

Benazepril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

9 43
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

118

patients, 11% of all patients

A 10 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

11 6
AZOR

This is a combination of am... +

This is a combination of amlodipine and olmesartan is a combination of medicines that may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

12 65
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

Treats certain heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation). Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

R 13 16
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

14 9
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

15 54
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

76

patients, 7% of all patients

O 16 51
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

17 8
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on June 26, 2015.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.