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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,173Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 98 providers in this state and specialty

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 98 providers in this state and specialty

420 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

51% 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 Washington
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 327 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

5% of this provider’s 420 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

20% of this provider’s 420 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 14%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$326 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $365 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$901K

2014

$1.13M

2015

$1.36M

2016

Number of Claims

3,578

2014

3,747

2015

4,173

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
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 384

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

85

patients, 20% of all patients

1 3
PREDNISONE 371

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

268

prescriptions.

98

patients, 23% of all patients

2 1
METHOTREXATE 301

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

73

patients, 17% of all patients

3 2
TRAMADOL HCL 201

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

O 4 9
GABAPENTIN 181

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 165

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

O 6 7
LEFLUNOMIDE 147

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

7 5
ALLOPURINOL 128

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

8 6
ENBREL 110

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

9 11
SULFASALAZINE 106

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

10 13
TIZANIDINE HCL 101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

11 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

12 8
DULOXETINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

13 17
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

14 26
IBUPROFEN 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

15 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

16 70
LYRICA 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

16 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

18 46
OMEPRAZOLE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

18 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 Sept. 17, 2015.
  • 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.