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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Orthopaedic Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,210Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 47

$126K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 47

1,367 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74% Patients 65 Years and Older

3% 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 Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,012 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

26% of this provider’s 1,367 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

17 of this provider’s 1,012 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

57% of this provider’s 1,367 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 43%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

10% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 10%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$24 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $24 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

4 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 2.


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

$103K

2012

$158K

2013

$159K

2014

$126K

2015

Number of Claims

3,942

2012

5,360

2013

5,332

2014

5,210

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
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

753

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

583

prescriptions.

416

patients, 30% of all patients

1 11
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN

Treats short-term, medium t... +

Treats short-term, medium to medium-severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

653

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

468

prescriptions.

471

patients, 34% of all patients

O 10 2 2
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

559

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

411

prescriptions.

288

patients, 21% of all patients

3 3
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM

Diclofenac is a nonsteroida... +

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat mild-to-moderate pain, and helps to relieve symptoms of arthritis (eg, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

334

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

200

patients, 15% of all patients

4 1
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

319

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

155

patients, 11% of all patients

5 14
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis. Source: National Library of Medicine

279

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

163

patients, 12% of all patients

6 5
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

258

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

208

patients, 15% of all patients

O 7 8
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

232

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

226

patients, 17% of all patients

A 8 12
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

222

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

124

patients, 9% of all patients

9 7
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

220

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

169

patients, 12% of all patients

O 10 4
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

185

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

137

patients, 10% of all patients

11 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

131

patients, 10% of all patients

A 12 28
ETODOLAC ER 145

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

89

patients, 7% of all patients

13 24
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

88

patients, 6% of all patients

O 14 6
DICLOFENAC SODIUM ER 105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

61

patients, 4% of all patients

15 10
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

67

patients, 5% of all patients

16 13
DEXAMETHASONE

Treats inflammation and man... +

Treats inflammation and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

17 39
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 Nov. 25, 2014.
  • 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.