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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,389Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 89 providers in this state and specialty

$171K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 89 providers in this state and specialty

229 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

24% 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 North Dakota
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

36% of this provider’s 229 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 21%.

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Opioids

26% of this provider’s 229 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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

$55K

2014

$98K

2015

$171K

2016

Number of Claims

988

2014

1,493

2015

3,389

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
FUROSEMIDE 130

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

33

patients, 14% of all patients

1 4
SIMVASTATIN 122

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

31

patients, 14% of all patients

2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 120

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

29

patients, 13% of all patients

3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 101

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

4 1
LISINOPRIL 97

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

24

patients, 10% of all patients

5 2
ALPRAZOLAM 86

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

6 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

7 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

8 6
MEMANTINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 9 44
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

27

patients, 12% of all patients

O 10 17
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

11 37
METFORMIN HCL 55

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

12 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

13 13
ALLOPURINOL 52

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 14 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

15 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

15 9
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 June 6, 2012.
  • 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.