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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,816Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 24 providers in this state and specialty

$1.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 24 providers in this state and specialty

597 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older

28% 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 Nevada
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 470 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

14% of this provider’s 597 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 22%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$239 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $361 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$839K

2014

$1.11M

2015

$1.39M

2016

Number of Claims

6,628

2014

6,579

2015

5,816

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 1,141

prescriptions, 20% of all prescriptions

893

prescriptions.

238

patients, 40% of all patients

1 2
METHOTREXATE 1,056

prescriptions, 18% of all prescriptions

876

prescriptions.

194

patients, 32% of all patients

2 1
LEFLUNOMIDE 651

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

534

prescriptions.

115

patients, 19% of all patients

3 4
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 587

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

437

prescriptions.

119

patients, 20% of all patients

4 3
GABAPENTIN 287

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

81

patients, 14% of all patients

5 6
AZATHIOPRINE 259

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

6 12
TRAMADOL HCL 145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

O 7 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

O 8 5
ALLOPURINOL 123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

9 13
SULFASALAZINE 122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

10 10
ENBREL 121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

11 11
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

12 16
MELOXICAM 96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

13 9
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

14 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

15 8
TIZANIDINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

16 18
TEMAZEPAM 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 17 32
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 28, 2018.
  • 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.