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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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9,041Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 124 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

$705K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 74 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

606 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

12% 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

14% of this provider’s 606 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 606 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $76 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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

$469K

2014

$668K

2015

$705K

2016

Number of Claims

6,807

2014

8,652

2015

9,041

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
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 384

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

365

prescriptions.

113

patients, 19% of all patients

1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 374

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

363

prescriptions.

109

patients, 18% of all patients

2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 357

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

352

prescriptions.

106

patients, 17% of all patients

3 6
SIMVASTATIN 350

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

339

prescriptions.

93

patients, 15% of all patients

4 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 327

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

100

patients, 17% of all patients

5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 323

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

92

patients, 15% of all patients

6 5
LISINOPRIL 262

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

77

patients, 13% of all patients

7 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

8 10
FUROSEMIDE 201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

62

patients, 10% of all patients

9 7
ATENOLOL 198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

10 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

53

patients, 9% of all patients

11 9
LORAZEPAM 166

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

12 34
METFORMIN HCL 164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

13 15
TRAMADOL HCL 155

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

O 14 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

47

patients, 8% of all patients

15 11
GABAPENTIN 149

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

16 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

O 17 23
SERTRALINE HCL 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

18 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

19 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

20 22
METFORMIN HCL ER 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

21 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

22 20
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

23 29
TRAZODONE HCL 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

24 18
MIRTAZAPINE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

25 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

26 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

27 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

28 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

29 16
ALLOPURINOL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

30 25
PREDNISONE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

31 27
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

31 65
ALPRAZOLAM 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

33 52
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

34 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

34 48
VENTOLIN HFA 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

36 44
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

37 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

38 33
CLOPIDOGREL 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

38 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

40 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

41 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

42 36
DICYCLOMINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 43 313
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 April 19, 2017.
  • 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.