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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,965Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 47 providers in this state and specialty

$500K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 47 providers in this state and specialty

767 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

30% 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 North Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 679 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

3% of this provider’s 767 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $119 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$270K

2014

$394K

2015

$500K

2016

Number of Claims

5,759

2014

7,485

2015

7,965

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
AMIODARONE HCL 750

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

677

prescriptions.

133

patients, 17% of all patients

1 5
CARVEDILOL 578

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

487

prescriptions.

106

patients, 14% of all patients

2 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 480

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

426

prescriptions.

87

patients, 11% of all patients

3 1
LISINOPRIL 470

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

405

prescriptions.

79

patients, 10% of all patients

4 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 465

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

416

prescriptions.

84

patients, 11% of all patients

5 7
FUROSEMIDE 407

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

360

prescriptions.

84

patients, 11% of all patients

6 8
XARELTO 351

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

7 6
SOTALOL 289

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

55

patients, 7% of all patients

8 9
ELIQUIS 283

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

9 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

10 15
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 202

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

11 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

12 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

12 17
CLOPIDOGREL 184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

14 21
CARTIA XT 169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

15 19
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

16 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

17 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 155

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

18 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

19 11
SPIRONOLACTONE 123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

20 20
PRADAXA 123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

20 18
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

22 28
MUPIROCIN* 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

96

patients, 13% of all patients

23 39
ATENOLOL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

24 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

25 27
SIMVASTATIN 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

26 33
DIGOXIN 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 27 26
RAMIPRIL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

27 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

29 32
DIGOX 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

30 29
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 31 36
TORSEMIDE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

31 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

31 42
MULTAQ 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 34 25
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 Oct. 4, 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.