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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,981Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 27 providers in this state and specialty

$819K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 27 providers in this state and specialty

401 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55% Patients 65 Years and Older

92% 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 District of Columbia
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

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

102 of this provider’s 401 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Opioids

23% of this provider’s 401 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $265 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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

$599K

2014

$703K

2015

$819K

2016

Number of Claims

9,401

2014

11,209

2015

11,981

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 472

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

68

patients, 17% of all patients

1 4
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 438

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

44

patients, 11% of all patients

2 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 431

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

51

patients, 13% of all patients

3 6
SIMVASTATIN 368

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

44

patients, 11% of all patients

4 9
LISINOPRIL 353

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 305

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

6 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 282

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

7 12
METFORMIN HCL 242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

8 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

9 20
FUROSEMIDE 232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

10 22
LACTULOSE 214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

11 23
LEVETIRACETAM 210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

12 24
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

13 27
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

14 28
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

O 15 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

16 29
GABAPENTIN 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

17 7
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

18 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

19 34
TRAMADOL HCL 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

O 20 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

21 37
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

22 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

22 38
KETOCONAZOLE 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

24 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

25 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 26 42
IBUPROFEN 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

27 30
VALSARTAN 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

28 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

29 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 29 44
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

31 45
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

O 32 17
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 33 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

34 48
RISPERIDONE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 P 35 49
MELOXICAM 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

36 14
CARBAMAZEPINE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 37 52
ALPRAZOLAM 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 38 53
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 39 54
FLUOXETINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 40 55
GEMFIBROZIL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 41 56
AMMONIUM LACTATE 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

42 57
LORAZEPAM 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

42 57
RANITIDINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 44 59
LATANOPROST 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 45 60
FINASTERIDE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 46 61
AZITHROMYCIN 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

45

patients, 11% of all patients

A 46 61
TOPIRAMATE 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 48 63
ALLOPURINOL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 49 16
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

49 64
BACLOFEN 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 51 65
FAMOTIDINE* 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 52 66
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 16

patients, 4% of all patients

53 68
VESICARE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 53 68
CLOPIDOGREL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 55 70
VALPROIC ACID* 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 56 73
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 24, 2008.
  • 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.