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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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6,593Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 211 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

$574K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 95 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

268 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

82% 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 Colorado
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

27% of this provider’s 268 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Opioids

16% of this provider’s 268 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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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

$87 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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

$527K

2014

$499K

2015

$574K

2016

Number of Claims

8,795

2014

7,369

2015

6,593

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 324

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

72

patients, 27% of all patients

1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 322

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

61

patients, 23% of all patients

2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 248

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

59

patients, 22% of all patients

3 5
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 220

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

58

patients, 22% of all patients

4 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 200

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

40

patients, 15% of all patients

5 1
METFORMIN HCL 183

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

36

patients, 13% of all patients

6 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 183

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

37

patients, 14% of all patients

6 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

29

patients, 11% of all patients

8 18
LISINOPRIL 132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

31

patients, 12% of all patients

9 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

23

patients, 9% of all patients

10 14
TRAMADOL HCL 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

23

patients, 9% of all patients

O 11 16
GABAPENTIN 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

30

patients, 11% of all patients

11 11
HYDRALAZINE HCL 120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

13 88
SIMVASTATIN 106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

14 4
JANUVIA 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

15 72
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

16 22
TIZANIDINE HCL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

17 92
DULOXETINE HCL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 18 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

19 60
MELOXICAM 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

20 49
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

21 76
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

21 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

23 33
CRESTOR 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

23 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

25 46
CLONIDINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

26 90
CLOPIDOGREL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

27 40
ATENOLOL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 28 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 29 26
CARVEDILOL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

29 41
FAMOTIDINE* 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

31 77
WARFARIN SODIUM 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

32 10
FUROSEMIDE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

32 9
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 Nov. 23, 2016.
  • 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.