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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,296Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

$950K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

523 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

64% 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

30% of this provider’s 523 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Opioids

30% of this provider’s 523 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$102 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$960K

2014

$1.01M

2015

$950K

2016

Number of Claims

10,086

2014

10,204

2015

9,296

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 472

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

109

patients, 21% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 319

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

108

patients, 21% of all patients

2 2
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 317

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

O 3 31
LISINOPRIL 276

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

88

patients, 17% of all patients

4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 273

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

90

patients, 17% of all patients

5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 242

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

O 6 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

7 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

8 35
TRAZODONE HCL 188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

9 23
FUROSEMIDE 188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

62

patients, 12% of all patients

9 9
SIMVASTATIN 186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

11 4
OMEPRAZOLE 164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

12 6
METFORMIN HCL 161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

13 7
ALPRAZOLAM 161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

13 32
TRAMADOL HCL 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

O 15 16
GABAPENTIN 148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

16 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

17 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

18 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

19 18
OXYCODONE HCL 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

O 20 29
AZITHROMYCIN 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

85

patients, 16% of all patients

A 21 64
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

22 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

23 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

24 26
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 O 24 182
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

26 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

27 12
SYMBICORT 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

28 111
CARVEDILOL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

29 41
LEVOFLOXACIN 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

57

patients, 11% of all patients

A 30 105
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 O 31 57
PREDNISONE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

32 34
PROAIR HFA 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

33 52
CLONAZEPAM 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 14

patients, 3% of all patients

34 59
SPIRIVA 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

35 73
DULOXETINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 13

patients, 2% of all patients

36 44
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

37 113
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

38 15
SERTRALINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

39 28
FENTANYL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 O 40 107
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

40 186
ADVAIR DISKUS 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

42 65
DIAZEPAM 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 43 85
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 March 30, 2017.
  • 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.