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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,761Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 303 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

$352K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 322 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

155 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% Patients 65 Years and Older

78% 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

12% of this provider’s 132 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

27% of this provider’s 155 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $76 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$487K

2014

$285K

2015

$352K

2016

Number of Claims

7,300

2014

3,945

2015

5,761

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 311

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

35

patients, 23% of all patients

1 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 222

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

24

patients, 15% of all patients

2 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 206

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

30

patients, 19% of all patients

3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 201

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

31

patients, 20% of all patients

4 5
LISINOPRIL 201

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

29

patients, 19% of all patients

4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 196

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

25

patients, 16% of all patients

6 6
GABAPENTIN 193

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

23

patients, 15% of all patients

7 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 172

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

25

patients, 16% of all patients

8 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

12

patients, 8% of all patients

9 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

10 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

15

patients, 10% of all patients

11 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

<11 12 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

12

patients, 8% of all patients

13 9
MIRTAZAPINE 90

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

15

patients, 10% of all patients

14 38
TRAZODONE HCL 88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

14

patients, 9% of all patients

15 18
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

16 117
SERTRALINE HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 17 17
METFORMIN HCL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

18 15
ATENOLOL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 18 13
DULOXETINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 20 46
SIMVASTATIN 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

21 4
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 P 21 54
ROZEREM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 23 273
PREDNISONE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

24 27
CLOPIDOGREL 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 25 28
HUMALOG 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 25 197
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 27 68
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

12

patients, 8% of all patients

28 41
LEVETIRACETAM 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 29 92
DONEPEZIL HCL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 29 36
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 19, 2011.
  • 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.