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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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4,128Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 176

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 176

334 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77% Patients 65 Years and Older

23% 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 Indiana
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 257 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Antibiotics

4% of this provider’s 334 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 257 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

7% of this provider’s 334 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 30%.

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Brand Name Drugs

44% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$290 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $120 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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

$651K

2012

$1.01M

2013

$1.06M

2014

$1.2M

2015

Number of Claims

4,422

2012

4,766

2013

4,445

2014

4,128

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
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

332

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

97

patients, 29% of all patients

1 2
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

170

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

71

patients, 21% of all patients

2 47
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

170

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

48

patients, 14% of all patients

2 61
NOVOLIN R

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

48

patients, 14% of all patients

4 71
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

163

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

46

patients, 14% of all patients

5 28
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

46

patients, 14% of all patients

6 34
NOVOLIN N

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

42

patients, 13% of all patients

7 76
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

129

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

8 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

38

patients, 11% of all patients

9 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

120

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

33

patients, 10% of all patients

10 4
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

45

patients, 13% of all patients

11 51
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

108

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

31

patients, 9% of all patients

12 3
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

13 120
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

31

patients, 9% of all patients

14 6
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

15 86
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

34

patients, 10% of all patients

16 55
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

34

patients, 10% of all patients

17 74
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

72

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

18 5
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

19 44
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

20 67
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

63

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

21 14
HUMULIN R U-500 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

22 146
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

23 12
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

24 21
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

25 53
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 Dec. 18, 2016.
  • 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.