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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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4,691Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 139 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

$231K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 171 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

320 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

27% 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 Utah
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

10% of this provider’s 320 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

5% of this provider’s 320 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $91 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$209K

2014

$228K

2015

$231K

2016

Number of Claims

4,466

2014

4,837

2015

4,691

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 346

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

69

patients, 22% of all patients

1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 279

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

67

patients, 21% of all patients

2 1
LISINOPRIL 261

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

53

patients, 17% of all patients

3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 183

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

42

patients, 13% of all patients

4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 179

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

40

patients, 13% of all patients

5 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 151

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

6 31
METFORMIN HCL 133

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

7 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

34

patients, 11% of all patients

8 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

9 15
SIMVASTATIN 118

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

10 5
SERTRALINE HCL 113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

11 22
GABAPENTIN 109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

12 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

13 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 77

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

14 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 77

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

<11 14 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

16 20
FUROSEMIDE 71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

16 11
CELECOXIB 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 18 55
VALSARTAN 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 19 91
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

20 25
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 March 1, 2013.
  • 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.