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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,555Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 24 providers in this state and specialty

$730K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 24 providers in this state and specialty

453 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older

66% 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 Iowa
lower than average

Antipsychotics

5% of this provider’s 359 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

28% of this provider’s 453 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

28% of this provider’s 453 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $97 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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

$638K

2014

$618K

2015

$730K

2016

Number of Claims

14,154

2014

13,964

2015

15,555

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 760

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

615

prescriptions.

121

patients, 27% of all patients

1 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 565

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

465

prescriptions.

107

patients, 24% of all patients

2 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 550

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

426

prescriptions.

103

patients, 23% of all patients

3 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 460

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

4 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 448

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

359

prescriptions.

76

patients, 17% of all patients

5 10
SIMVASTATIN 426

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

74

patients, 16% of all patients

6 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 418

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

70

patients, 15% of all patients

O 7 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 413

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

349

prescriptions.

73

patients, 16% of all patients

8 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 383

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

350

prescriptions.

76

patients, 17% of all patients

9 2
LISINOPRIL 374

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

310

prescriptions.

81

patients, 18% of all patients

10 5
NABUMETONE 351

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

74

patients, 16% of all patients

11 52
CALCITRIOL 350

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

60

patients, 13% of all patients

12 4
OMEPRAZOLE 332

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

63

patients, 14% of all patients

13 13
GABAPENTIN 310

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

14 15
FLUOXETINE HCL 293

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

48

patients, 11% of all patients

15 57
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 290

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

56

patients, 12% of all patients

16 6
METFORMIN HCL 246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

48

patients, 11% of all patients

17 22
ATENOLOL 236

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

18 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 228

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

19 39
ALLOPURINOL 227

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

20 3
CLOPIDOGREL 202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

21 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

22 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

23 19
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

24 75
GLIMEPIRIDE 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

25 36
LORAZEPAM 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

26 63
CARVEDILOL 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

27 11
TRAMADOL HCL 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

48

patients, 11% of all patients

O 28 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

P 29 92
PAROXETINE HCL 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

30 93
ALPRAZOLAM 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

31 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

32 32
DIGOXIN 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

33 99
MIDODRINE HCL 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

33 40
OXYCODONE HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

O 35 100
RANITIDINE HCL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

36 56
GEMFIBROZIL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

37 80
FAMOTIDINE* 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

38 45
PREDNISONE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

39 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

40 41
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

40 44
DULOXETINE HCL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

42 65
GLIPIZIDE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

43 33
SERTRALINE HCL 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

44 87
VENTOLIN HFA 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

45 107
VESICARE 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 45 107
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

47 109
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

48 46
XARELTO 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 49 84
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 50 54
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

A 51 115
TOLTERODINE TARTRATE ER 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 52 118
LEVEMIR 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 52 69
NOVOLOG 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

54 62
MIRTAZAPINE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

55 66
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 56 59
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

57 77
MELOXICAM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

58 125
LANTUS 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

59 47
CEFUROXIME 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

A 59 128
DONEPEZIL HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 61 95
OXYCONTIN 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 O 62 134
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 63 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 64 136
CALCIUM ACETATE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 64 30
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 15, 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.