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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Anesthesiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,928Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

$2.61M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 76 providers in this state and specialty

243 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48% Patients 65 Years and Older

67% 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 Texas
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

8% of this provider’s 243 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Opioids

78% of this provider’s 243 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 81%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 11%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$441 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $89 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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

$635K

2014

$1.67M

2015

$2.61M

2016

Number of Claims

6,633

2014

6,336

2015

5,928

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,036

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

459

prescriptions.

116

patients, 48% of all patients

O 1 1
GABAPENTIN 407

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

73

patients, 30% of all patients

2 2
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 380

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

52

patients, 21% of all patients

O 3 7
FENTANYL 312

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

36

patients, 15% of all patients

O 4 6
LYRICA 253

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

41

patients, 17% of all patients

5 10
TIZANIDINE HCL 230

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

46

patients, 19% of all patients

6 4
OXYCODONE HCL 152

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

O 7 8
MORPHINE SULFATE 151

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

O 8 19
CLONAZEPAM 147

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

9 24
SUBOXONE 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

10 26
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

<11 17

patients, 7% of all patients

O 11 13
OXYCONTIN 117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

O 12 15
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 116

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

O 13 5
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

14 21
ALPRAZOLAM 94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

15 22
TRAZODONE HCL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

16 31
IBUPROFEN 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

17 23
TRAMADOL HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

O 18 3
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

47

patients, 19% of all patients

19 37
TEMAZEPAM 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 11

patients, 5% of all patients

20 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

20 30
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 22 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

23 40
METHADONE HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 O 24 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 24, 2013.
  • 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.