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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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4,793Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 97

$410K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 97

384 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
61% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

21% of this provider’s 384 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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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

25% of this provider’s 384 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$85 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $164 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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

$382K

2012

$260K

2013

$366K

2014

$410K

2015

Number of Claims

4,596

2012

3,468

2013

4,749

2014

4,793

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
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

216

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

72

patients, 19% of all patients

1 5
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

179

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

48

patients, 13% of all patients

2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

162

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

55

patients, 14% of all patients

3 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

159

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

47

patients, 12% of all patients

4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

149

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

37

patients, 10% of all patients

O 5 3
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

124

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

6 20
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

7 86
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

8 8
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

45

patients, 12% of all patients

9 2
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

10 7
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

11 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

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

92

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

12 13
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

13 61
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

14 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

15 17
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

16 10
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

16 28
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

18 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

18 24
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

20 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

O 21 15
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

38

patients, 10% of all patients

22 87
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

O 23 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

24 71
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

24 21
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

26 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

R 27 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

27 14
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

O 29 9
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 April 22, 2013.
  • 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.