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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,306Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 24 providers in this state and specialty

$1.56M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 24 providers in this state and specialty

965 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80% Patients 65 Years and Older

38% 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 Iowa
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

10% of this provider’s 965 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

5% of this provider’s 965 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$109 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $97 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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

$1.2M

2014

$1.54M

2015

$1.56M

2016

Number of Claims

11,718

2014

16,220

2015

14,306

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
ALLOPURINOL 1,006

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

855

prescriptions.

165

patients, 17% of all patients

1 3
CALCITRIOL 908

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

813

prescriptions.

154

patients, 16% of all patients

2 4
FUROSEMIDE 742

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

626

prescriptions.

147

patients, 15% of all patients

3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 681

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

550

prescriptions.

119

patients, 12% of all patients

4 2
CARVEDILOL 639

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

449

prescriptions.

100

patients, 10% of all patients

5 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 592

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

469

prescriptions.

97

patients, 10% of all patients

6 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 434

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

359

prescriptions.

67

patients, 7% of all patients

7 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 406

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

335

prescriptions.

81

patients, 8% of all patients

8 8
SENSIPAR 386

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

68

patients, 7% of all patients

9 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 377

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

322

prescriptions.

70

patients, 7% of all patients

10 6
LISINOPRIL 335

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

61

patients, 6% of all patients

11 5
OMEPRAZOLE 325

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

52

patients, 5% of all patients

12 13
RENVELA 299

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

13 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

14 9
HYDRALAZINE HCL 245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

62

patients, 6% of all patients

15 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 214

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

16 12
CALCIUM ACETATE 184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

17 30
SIMVASTATIN 183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

18 17
TRAMADOL HCL 176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

O 19 24
CLONIDINE HCL 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

20 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

21 25
TRADJENTA 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

22 55
METFORMIN HCL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

23 22
JANUVIA 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

24 43
ULORIC 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

24 57
GABAPENTIN 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

26 15
VALSARTAN 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

27 61
MIDODRINE HCL 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

28 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

28 32
ACETAZOLAMIDE 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

28 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

28 19
PREDNISONE 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

32 16
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

33 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

33 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

35 36
BUMETANIDE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

36 23
LYRICA 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

37 82
FENOFIBRATE* 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

38 103
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

40 77
METOLAZONE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

41 42
GLIPIZIDE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

42 33
CRESTOR 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 43 117
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

44 44
NIFEDIPINE ER 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 45 83
ZETIA 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 46 121
POTASSIUM CITRATE ER 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 47 74
ROPINIROLE HCL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

48 71
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

49 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 49 64
IRBESARTAN 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 51 128
KIONEX 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

52 131
CEPHALEXIN 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

A 53 59
MINOXIDIL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 13

patients, 1% of all patients

53 85
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

55 51
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 56 97
RALOXIFENE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 56 136
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 May 29, 2008.
  • 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.