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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Interventional Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,675Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 78

$895K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 78

965 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
38% Patients 65 Years and Older

77% 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 Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 369 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

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

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 369 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

99% of this provider’s 965 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 86%.

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Brand Name Drugs

6% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 11%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$601K

2012

$732K

2013

$811K

2014

$895K

2015

Number of Claims

12,151

2012

14,784

2013

15,182

2014

17,675

2015

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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O

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.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

5,649

prescriptions, 32% of all prescriptions

2,108

prescriptions.

664

patients, 69% of all patients

O 1 1
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

1,777

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

604

prescriptions.

271

patients, 28% of all patients

10 2 11
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,627

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

635

prescriptions.

191

patients, 20% of all patients

O 3 2
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,141

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

149

patients, 15% of all patients

O 4 5
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,003

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

373

prescriptions.

131

patients, 14% of all patients

5 21
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

898

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

132

patients, 14% of all patients

6 6
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

625

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

79

patients, 8% of all patients

O 7 9
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

504

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

84

patients, 9% of all patients

R 8 13
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

414

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

9 23
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

389

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

52

patients, 5% of all patients

O 10 7
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

300

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

52

patients, 5% of all patients

11 3
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

O 12 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

R 13 15
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

236

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

O 14 14
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

15 12
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

O 16 4
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

R 17 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

R 18 27
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

19 34
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

20 17
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

O 21 20
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

22 10
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

Treats muscle pain and spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

R 22 26
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

24 38
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

25 31
HYDROCODONE-IBUPROFEN 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

O 26 69
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

27 35
PIROXICAM 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

28 72
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve tension headaches. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 R 29 46
MORPHINE SULFATE

Morphine is used to relieve... +

Morphine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 O 29 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 31 57
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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 Aug. 28, 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.