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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,678Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 92 providers in this state and specialty

$987K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 92 providers in this state and specialty

659 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

12% 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 Missouri
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

13% of this provider’s 659 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 659 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$114 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $292 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$967K

2014

$979K

2015

$987K

2016

Number of Claims

9,583

2014

8,875

2015

8,678

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
METHOTREXATE 614

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

544

prescriptions.

122

patients, 19% of all patients

1 1
PREDNISONE 447

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

356

prescriptions.

102

patients, 15% of all patients

2 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 432

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

298

prescriptions.

83

patients, 13% of all patients

3 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 415

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

410

prescriptions.

103

patients, 16% of all patients

4 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 282

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

65

patients, 10% of all patients

5 14
GABAPENTIN 270

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

62

patients, 9% of all patients

6 7
TRAMADOL HCL 254

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

71

patients, 11% of all patients

O 7 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 250

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

8 34
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 249

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

9 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 243

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

10 23
DULOXETINE HCL 231

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

11 9
MELOXICAM 229

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

12 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

13 36
FUROSEMIDE 187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

14 29
LISINOPRIL 173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

15 19
SIMVASTATIN 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

16 25
ATENOLOL 144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

17 43
ALLOPURINOL 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

18 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

19 15
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

19 45
METFORMIN HCL ER 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

21 79
OMEPRAZOLE 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

22 11
CRESTOR 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

23 78
LEFLUNOMIDE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

24 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

25 46
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

O 26 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

27 37
HUMIRA PEN 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 28 26
AZITHROMYCIN 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

A 29 51
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

30 35
TIZANIDINE HCL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

30 24
SPIRONOLACTONE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

32 98
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 33 98
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

34 41
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 April 5, 2016.
  • 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.