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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,755Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 90 providers in this state and specialty

$922K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 90 providers in this state and specialty

454 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% Patients 65 Years and Older

16% 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 Minnesota
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

6% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$194 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $343 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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

$579K

2014

$877K

2015

$922K

2016

Number of Claims

2,999

2014

4,071

2015

4,755

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
METHOTREXATE 947

prescriptions, 20% of all prescriptions

871

prescriptions.

154

patients, 34% of all patients

1 1
PREDNISONE 509

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

456

prescriptions.

115

patients, 25% of all patients

2 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 444

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

398

prescriptions.

94

patients, 21% of all patients

3 3
SULFASALAZINE DR 169

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

4 23
SULFASALAZINE 163

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

5 12
TRAMADOL HCL 112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

O 6 4
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 110

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

7 9
PILOCARPINE HCL 98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

8 29
MELOXICAM 93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

9 11
LEFLUNOMIDE 91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

10 5
AZATHIOPRINE 87

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

11 13
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

<11 12 17
ALLOPURINOL 72

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

13 6
CELECOXIB 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

14 14
ENBREL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 14 7
OMEPRAZOLE 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

16 18
GABAPENTIN 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

17 8
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.