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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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6,899Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 222 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

$717K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 71 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

525 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% 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

15% of this provider’s 525 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Opioids

14% of this provider’s 525 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

$104 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $76 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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

$477K

2014

$593K

2015

$717K

2016

Number of Claims

7,032

2014

6,893

2015

6,899

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 331

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

97

patients, 18% of all patients

1 1
SIMVASTATIN 240

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

69

patients, 13% of all patients

2 4
LISINOPRIL 236

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

68

patients, 13% of all patients

3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 230

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

63

patients, 12% of all patients

4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 229

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

65

patients, 12% of all patients

5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 228

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

69

patients, 13% of all patients

6 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 215

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

59

patients, 11% of all patients

7 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 210

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

8 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

9 10
GABAPENTIN 156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

10 12
FUROSEMIDE 155

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

11 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

12 14
TRAMADOL HCL 115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

O 13 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

14 11
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

15 59
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

16 65
FORTEO 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

16 210
METFORMIN HCL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

18 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

19 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

19 35
TRAZODONE HCL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

21 18
ATENOLOL 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

22 13
LORAZEPAM 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

23 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

24 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

25 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

26 22
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

26 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

28 20
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

O 29 56
JANTOVEN 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 30 37
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

30 29
ALLOPURINOL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 30 25
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 March 8, 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.