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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,786Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 47 providers in this state and specialty

$809K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 47 providers in this state and specialty

294 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older

57% 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 Virginia
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

17% of this provider’s 294 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 11%.

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Opioids

16% of this provider’s 294 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$140 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $221 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$597K

2014

$650K

2015

$809K

2016

Number of Claims

5,759

2014

5,543

2015

5,786

2016

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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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.

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
FUROSEMIDE 302

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

68

patients, 23% of all patients

1 2
LISINOPRIL 238

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

50

patients, 17% of all patients

2 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 187

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

43

patients, 15% of all patients

3 11
RENVELA 186

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

33

patients, 11% of all patients

4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 183

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

41

patients, 14% of all patients

5 1
HYDRALAZINE HCL 176

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

39

patients, 13% of all patients

6 12
CALCITRIOL 168

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

34

patients, 12% of all patients

7 3
GABAPENTIN 121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

33

patients, 11% of all patients

8 22
SIMVASTATIN 120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

9 15
NIFEDIPINE ER 120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

24

patients, 8% of all patients

9 28
SENSIPAR 108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

27

patients, 9% of all patients

11 4
TRAMADOL HCL 106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

33

patients, 11% of all patients

O 12 35
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

12 13
CLONIDINE HCL 98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

14 16
CARVEDILOL 96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

15 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

15 29
ALLOPURINOL 93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

17 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

18 24
SPIRONOLACTONE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

19 19
METFORMIN HCL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

20 26
VALSARTAN 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

21 43
CLOPIDOGREL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

22 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

23 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

24

patients, 8% of all patients

24 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

25 10
CALCIUM ACETATE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

25 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

27 25
NIFEDICAL XL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

28 66
FAMOTIDINE* 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

29 32
GLIPIZIDE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 30 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 31 36
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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. 16, 2011.
  • 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.