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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,403Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 61 providers in this state and specialty

$342K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 177 out of 61 providers in this state and specialty

306 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
35% Patients 65 Years and Older

59% 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 Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 108 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

18% of this provider’s 306 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 14%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 306 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

8% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%. This is far fewer than peers.

Prescription Price

$100 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $184 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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

$324K

2014

$464K

2015

$342K

2016

Number of Claims

2,937

2014

3,189

2015

3,403

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
PREDNISONE 641

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

117

patients, 38% of all patients

1 23
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 285

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

49

patients, 16% of all patients

10 2 59
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 223

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

45

patients, 15% of all patients

3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 181

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

36

patients, 12% of all patients

4 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

30

patients, 10% of all patients

5 14
TACROLIMUS 156

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

40

patients, 13% of all patients

6 71
NIFEDIPINE ER 154

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

33

patients, 11% of all patients

7 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

8 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

9 29
CARVEDILOL 73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

10 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

11 27
LISINOPRIL 68

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

12 5
FAMOTIDINE* 61

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 13 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

14 76
LABETALOL HCL 53

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

15 34
FUROSEMIDE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

16 2
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.