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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,021Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 266 out of 808

$1.77M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 808

421 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48% Patients 65 Years and Older

93% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 204 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

12% of this provider’s 421 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 204 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

12% of this provider’s 421 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 8%.

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Brand Name Drugs

57% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$586 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $184 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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

$257K

2012

$601K

2013

$1.17M

2014

$1.77M

2015

Number of Claims

1,265

2012

1,591

2013

2,162

2014

3,021

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
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

652

prescriptions, 22% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

122

patients, 29% of all patients

10 1 7
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

Lowers the amount of phosphorus in blood of patients receiving kidney dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

586

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

131

patients, 31% of all patients

2 3
CALCIUM ACETATE

Used to treat hyperphosphat... +

Used to treat hyperphosphatemia (too much phosphate in the blood) in patients with end stage kidney disease who are on dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

178

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

49

patients, 12% of all patients

3 13
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

85

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

4 18
FOSRENOL 84

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

10 5 142
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

80

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

6 1
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

7 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

56

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

O 8 21
VELPHORO 53

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

9 215
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

52

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

10 8
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

10 16
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 Feb. 24, 2014.
  • 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.