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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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7,542Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 47 providers in this state and specialty

$1.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

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

879 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

18% 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

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

2% of this provider’s 879 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

14% of this provider’s 879 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 4%.

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Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$175 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $119 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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

$862K

2014

$1.08M

2015

$1.32M

2016

Number of Claims

7,972

2014

7,670

2015

7,542

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
SOTALOL 628

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

503

prescriptions.

121

patients, 14% of all patients

1 9
AMIODARONE HCL 574

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

537

prescriptions.

127

patients, 14% of all patients

2 5
ELIQUIS 562

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

528

prescriptions.

108

patients, 12% of all patients

3 2
MULTAQ 395

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

377

prescriptions.

82

patients, 9% of all patients

10 4 25
PROPAFENONE HCL 380

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

72

patients, 8% of all patients

5 24
XARELTO 328

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

6 6
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 302

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

69

patients, 8% of all patients

7 35
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 291

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

8 4
BYSTOLIC 242

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

9 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 223

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

10 7
RANEXA 220

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

11 34
RAMIPRIL 210

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

12 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

13 1
CLOPIDOGREL 182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

14 21
LISINOPRIL 168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

15 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

16 12
PRADAXA 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

17 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

18 17
CARVEDILOL 135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

19 3
TIKOSYN 127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

20 16
DIGOX 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

21 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

22 14
SOTALOL AF 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

10 23 47
FUROSEMIDE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

24 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

89

patients, 10% of all patients

O 25 48
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

26 49
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

27 13
DIGOXIN 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

28 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

29 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

29 42
ATENOLOL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

31 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

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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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.