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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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20,725Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

1,128 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% Patients 65 Years and Older

60% 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 Kentucky
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 842 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

15% of this provider’s 1,128 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

6% of this provider’s 1,128 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $156 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$897K

2014

$1.19M

2015

$1.24M

2016

Number of Claims

17,935

2014

20,024

2015

20,725

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
SPIRONOLACTONE 1,193

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

956

prescriptions.

220

patients, 20% of all patients

10 1 13
LISINOPRIL 1,153

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

869

prescriptions.

216

patients, 19% of all patients

2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,067

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

888

prescriptions.

230

patients, 20% of all patients

3 2
CARVEDILOL 967

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

718

prescriptions.

184

patients, 16% of all patients

4 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 775

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

596

prescriptions.

144

patients, 13% of all patients

5 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 677

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

508

prescriptions.

140

patients, 12% of all patients

6 7
CLONIDINE HCL 647

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

456

prescriptions.

139

patients, 12% of all patients

7 17
FUROSEMIDE 521

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

129

patients, 11% of all patients

8 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 512

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

358

prescriptions.

99

patients, 9% of all patients

9 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 461

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

398

prescriptions.

95

patients, 8% of all patients

10 30
HYDRALAZINE HCL 454

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

356

prescriptions.

108

patients, 10% of all patients

11 5
CHLORTHALIDONE 438

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

98

patients, 9% of all patients

12 32
GABAPENTIN 408

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

61

patients, 5% of all patients

13 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 392

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

327

prescriptions.

65

patients, 6% of all patients

14 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 364

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

76

patients, 7% of all patients

15 20
METFORMIN HCL 361

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

16 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 322

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

75

patients, 7% of all patients

17 21
OMEPRAZOLE 303

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

50

patients, 4% of all patients

18 23
ALLOPURINOL 272

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

19 4
ATENOLOL 236

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

20 40
BUMETANIDE 232

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

51

patients, 5% of all patients

21 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 221

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

22 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 220

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

23 18
CALCIUM ACETATE 219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

73

patients, 6% of all patients

24 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

24 56
CALCITRIOL 216

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

26 6
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

27 71
RANITIDINE HCL 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

28 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

29 14
RENVELA 180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

53

patients, 5% of all patients

30 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

31 48
SIMVASTATIN 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

31 28
CLOPIDOGREL 176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

33 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

34 41
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

O 35 34
SENSIPAR 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

36 10
CAPTOPRIL 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

37 96
FINASTERIDE 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

38 99
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

39 50
LACTULOSE 102

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

40 79
TRAMADOL HCL 98

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

O 41 62
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 98

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

41 108
EPLERENONE 97

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

43 109
CRESTOR 96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

44 54
TAZTIA XT 92

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

10 45 111
DILTIAZEM ER 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

46 114
PREDNISONE 84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

47 27
VENTOLIN HFA 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

48 120
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

61

patients, 5% of all patients

A 49 93
PROAIR HFA 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

50 130
CARTIA XT 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

51 95
METOLAZONE 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

52 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

52 69
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

54 134
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 55 65
GLIPIZIDE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

55 38
SPIRIVA 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

57 142
TRADJENTA 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 57 96
DULOXETINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 59 91
JANUVIA 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

60 52
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

60 147
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 62 106
TIZANIDINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

63 149
DILT-XR 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

64 153
ROPINIROLE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 65 85
NICARDIPINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 65 154
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

65 154
CILOSTAZOL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 65 154
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. 26, 2012.
  • 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.