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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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2,764Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 97

$662K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 97

210 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
20% Patients 65 Years and Older

68% 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 Colorado
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

0 of this provider’s 43 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

95% of this provider’s 210 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$239 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $164 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$256K

2012

$279K

2013

$272K

2014

$662K

2015

Number of Claims

1,754

2012

2,213

2013

2,179

2014

2,764

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
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

557

prescriptions, 20% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

113

patients, 54% of all patients

O 1 9
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

363

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

63

patients, 30% of all patients

O 2 16
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

199

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

41

patients, 20% of all patients

O 3 29
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

198

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

40

patients, 19% of all patients

O 4 39
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

34

patients, 16% of all patients

O 5 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

152

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

41

patients, 20% of all patients

O 6 3
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

41

patients, 20% of all patients

7 45
MORPHINE SULFATE

Morphine is used to relieve... +

Morphine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

26

patients, 12% of all patients

O 8 52
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

87

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

18

patients, 9% of all patients

O 9 59
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 8% of all patients

10 53
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

11 63
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 Jan. 5, 2009.
  • 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.