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CHRISTOPHER BELL ACNP

499 GLOSTER CREEK VLG STE A2 CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES OF NORTH MS, PA

Tupelo | Mississippi | 38801

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,551Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 57 providers in this state and specialty

$925K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 57 providers in this state and specialty

1,590 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older

38% 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 Mississippi
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,342 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

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 1,590 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 21%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $104 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 6.


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

$581K

2014

$641K

2015

$925K

2016

Number of Claims

10,182

2014

12,133

2015

14,551

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
CARVEDILOL 2,119

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

1,705

prescriptions.

482

patients, 30% of all patients

1 1
SPIRONOLACTONE 1,031

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

772

prescriptions.

233

patients, 15% of all patients

10 2 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 999

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

788

prescriptions.

242

patients, 15% of all patients

3 2
LISINOPRIL 821

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

656

prescriptions.

210

patients, 13% of all patients

4 6
CLOPIDOGREL 591

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

429

prescriptions.

137

patients, 9% of all patients

5 5
FUROSEMIDE 578

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

455

prescriptions.

166

patients, 10% of all patients

6 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 480

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

426

prescriptions.

134

patients, 8% of all patients

7 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 480

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

406

prescriptions.

120

patients, 8% of all patients

7 7
ELIQUIS 461

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

425

prescriptions.

87

patients, 5% of all patients

9 16
XARELTO 390

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

341

prescriptions.

75

patients, 5% of all patients

10 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 376

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

302

prescriptions.

86

patients, 5% of all patients

11 3
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 364

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

77

patients, 5% of all patients

12 10
PROPAFENONE HCL 334

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

82

patients, 5% of all patients

13 38
AMIODARONE HCL 324

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

84

patients, 5% of all patients

14 18
DIGOXIN 278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

66

patients, 4% of all patients

15 28
SIMVASTATIN 275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

68

patients, 4% of all patients

16 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 270

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

74

patients, 5% of all patients

17 22
SOTALOL 246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

18 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

62

patients, 4% of all patients

19 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

59

patients, 4% of all patients

20 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

53

patients, 3% of all patients

21 37
CRESTOR 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

22 42
PRADAXA 181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

39

patients, 2% of all patients

23 66
ZETIA 178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

24 58
RANEXA 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

25 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

26 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

27 26
VALSARTAN 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

28 53
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

29 80
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

35

patients, 2% of all patients

30 13
TORSEMIDE 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

31 81
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

32 62
METOLAZONE 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

66

patients, 4% of all patients

33 90
NITROSTAT 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

49

patients, 3% of all patients

34 64
BENAZEPRIL HCL 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

35 103
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

36 76
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

37 19
CILOSTAZOL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

37 112
CARTIA XT 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

39 83
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

40 117
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 3, 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.