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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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4,647Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

$369K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 78 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

230 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older

92% 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 Louisiana
lower than average

Antipsychotics

13% of this provider’s 163 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 230 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 230 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $200 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

$311K

2014

$370K

2015

$369K

2016

Number of Claims

4,897

2014

5,226

2015

4,647

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 178

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

36

patients, 16% of all patients

1 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 151

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

34

patients, 15% of all patients

2 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 143

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

23

patients, 10% of all patients

3 13
FAMOTIDINE* 130

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

23

patients, 10% of all patients

4 44
LEVETIRACETAM 128

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

20

patients, 9% of all patients

5 75
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 121

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

24

patients, 10% of all patients

6 18
FUROSEMIDE 117

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

23

patients, 10% of all patients

7 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 110

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

8 14
VESICARE 97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

<11 9 82
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

<11 P 10 43
LISINOPRIL 87

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

22

patients, 10% of all patients

11 6
GABAPENTIN 82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

12 17
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 75

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

13 68
OMEPRAZOLE 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

14 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

15 28
SANTYL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 16 171
CLOPIDOGREL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

17 36
RISPERIDONE 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 P 18 92
METFORMIN HCL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

19 30
TRANSDERM-SCOP 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

20 186
SIMVASTATIN 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 21 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 22 46
HALOPERIDOL 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

P 23 198
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

24 40
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. 29, 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.