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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,504Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 120

$875K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 120

927 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

11% 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 Florida
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 899 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

1% of this provider’s 927 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 899 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 927 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 8%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$135 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $114 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 6.


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

$337K

2012

$558K

2013

$689K

2014

$875K

2015

Number of Claims

4,259

2012

5,327

2013

5,769

2014

6,504

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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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
AMIODARONE HCL

Amiodarone is used to treat... +

Amiodarone is used to treat and prevent certain types of serious, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm when other medications did not help or could not be tolerated. Source: National Library of Medicine

537

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

524

prescriptions.

156

patients, 17% of all patients

1 7
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

469

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

464

prescriptions.

99

patients, 11% of all patients

2 6
FLECAINIDE ACETATE

Flecainide is used to preve... +

Flecainide is used to prevent certain types of life-threatening irregular heartbeats. Source: National Library of Medicine

399

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

381

prescriptions.

90

patients, 10% of all patients

3 12
ELIQUIS

Used to help prevent stroke... +

Used to help prevent strokes or blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation (a condition in which the heart beats irregularly, increasing the chance of clots forming in the body and possibly causing strokes) that is not caused by heart valve disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

305

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

83

patients, 9% of all patients

4 3
PROPAFENONE HCL ER 303

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

85

patients, 9% of all patients

10 5 30
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

274

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

79

patients, 9% of all patients

6 4
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

265

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

60

patients, 6% of all patients

7 8
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

Treats certain heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation). Source: National Library of Medicine

252

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

71

patients, 8% of all patients

R 8 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

239

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

69

patients, 7% of all patients

9 13
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

219

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

10 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

204

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

71

patients, 8% of all patients

11 5
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

176

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

12 11
PROPAFENONE HCL

Propafenone is used to trea... +

Propafenone is used to treat arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and to maintain a normal heart rate. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

13 28
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

14 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

15 14
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

Digox (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

R 16 26
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

17 9
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

18 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

19 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

20 15
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

20 21
MIDODRINE HCL

Midodrine hydrochloride tab... +

Midodrine hydrochloride tablets are indicated for the treatment of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

22 34
CARTIA XT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

23 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

24 20
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

25 22
JANTOVEN

Helps to prevent new blood ... +

Helps to prevent new blood clots from forming, and helps to keep existing blood clots from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 26 32
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

27 31
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. 3, 2011.
  • 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.