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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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2,416Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 87

$492K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 87

177 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53% Patients 65 Years and Older

59% 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 93 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

14% of this provider’s 177 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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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

8% of this provider’s 177 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 5%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$204 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $161 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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

$165K

2012

$245K

2013

$356K

2014

$492K

2015

Number of Claims

1,478

2012

1,810

2013

1,997

2014

2,416

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
CALCIUM ACETATE

Used to treat hyperphosphat... +

Used to treat hyperphosphatemia (too much phosphate in the blood) in patients with end stage kidney disease who are on dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

195

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

40

patients, 23% of all patients

1 11
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

158

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

35

patients, 20% of all patients

2 1
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

20

patients, 11% of all patients

3 6
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

Lowers the amount of phosphorus in blood of patients receiving kidney dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

31

patients, 18% of all patients

4 7
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

124

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

30

patients, 17% of all patients

5 3
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

88

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

23

patients, 13% of all patients

6 2
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

83

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

17

patients, 10% of all patients

7 19
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

69

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

8 24
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

59

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

9 30
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

53

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

10 21
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

15

patients, 8% of all patients

11 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

52

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

11 32
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 Feb. 11, 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.