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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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5,314Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 31 providers in this state and specialty

$773K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 31 providers in this state and specialty

575 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older

53% 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 Tennessee
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 469 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

6% of this provider’s 575 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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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

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$145 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $197 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$513K

2014

$640K

2015

$773K

2016

Number of Claims

4,185

2014

5,014

2015

5,314

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
CALCITRIOL 621

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

572

prescriptions.

172

patients, 30% of all patients

1 2
ALLOPURINOL 372

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

121

patients, 21% of all patients

2 9
FUROSEMIDE 304

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

78

patients, 14% of all patients

3 1
PROSOL 266

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

<11 4 18
HYDRALAZINE HCL 232

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

5 7
CALCIUM ACETATE 226

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

6 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 218

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

56

patients, 10% of all patients

7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 195

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

47

patients, 8% of all patients

8 3
DEXTROSE IN WATER* 176

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

<11 9 49
RENVELA 173

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

10 6
BUMETANIDE 162

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

11 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 162

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

11 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 136

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

13 36
SENSIPAR 126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

14 5
CLONIDINE HCL 123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

15 12
VALSARTAN 106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

16 45
METOLAZONE 96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

17 46
LISINOPRIL 94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

18 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

19 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

20 16
CARVEDILOL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

21 10
INTRALIPID 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 22 102
SPIRONOLACTONE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

23 20
CLONIDINE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 24 63
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 Feb. 9, 2015.
  • 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.