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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,679Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 201 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

$598K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 86 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

435 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70% Patients 65 Years and Older

95% 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 Colorado
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

9% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Opioids

36% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$90 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$461K

2014

$498K

2015

$598K

2016

Number of Claims

7,188

2014

6,841

2015

6,679

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
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 336

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

45

patients, 10% of all patients

O 1 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 289

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

O 2 13
LISINOPRIL 268

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

92

patients, 21% of all patients

3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 268

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

94

patients, 22% of all patients

3 6
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 246

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

O 5 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 240

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

82

patients, 19% of all patients

6 2
VOLTAREN 214

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

91

patients, 21% of all patients

7 79
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

58

patients, 13% of all patients

8 5
SIMVASTATIN 152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

50

patients, 11% of all patients

9 4
METFORMIN HCL 151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

59

patients, 14% of all patients

10 7
TRAMADOL HCL 144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

57

patients, 13% of all patients

O 11 16
GABAPENTIN 127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

12 11
OXYCODONE HCL 122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

O 13 29
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

14 1
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

52

patients, 12% of all patients

15 21
PROAIR HFA 107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

16 52
RANITIDINE HCL 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

17 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

18 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

19 27
CRESTOR 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

20 56
SPIRIVA 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

21 73
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

22 15
DULOXETINE HCL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

23 44
MIRTAZAPINE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

23 50
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

25 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

26 14
FUROSEMIDE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

27 9
LANTUS 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

28 69
JANUVIA 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

29 72
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

30 12
SERTRALINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

31 28
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

32 104
FINASTERIDE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

32 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

32 10
SURE COMFORT* 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

35 338
METFORMIN HCL ER 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

36 66
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

37 18
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 June 28, 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.