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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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8,209Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

541 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older

67% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 410 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 541 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 541 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$175 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $206 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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

$903K

2014

$1.47M

2015

$1.43M

2016

Number of Claims

6,819

2014

7,787

2015

8,209

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
PROSOL 521

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

10 1 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 481

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

92

patients, 17% of all patients

2 1
RENVELA 477

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

85

patients, 16% of all patients

3 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 449

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

319

prescriptions.

88

patients, 16% of all patients

4 4
FUROSEMIDE 348

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

87

patients, 16% of all patients

5 2
ALLOPURINOL 342

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

6 9
CARVEDILOL 332

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

60

patients, 11% of all patients

7 10
CLONIDINE HCL 301

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

62

patients, 11% of all patients

8 18
LISINOPRIL 273

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

57

patients, 11% of all patients

9 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 247

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

58

patients, 11% of all patients

10 28
NIFEDIPINE ER 216

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

11 24
DEXTROSE IN WATER* 196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

<11 12 87
CALCIUM ACETATE 191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

13 12
SENSIPAR 180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

14 7
HYDRALAZINE HCL 180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

14 13
VALSARTAN 172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

16 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

17 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

18 52
CHLORTHALIDONE 128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

19 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

20 5
GABAPENTIN 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

21 17
SIMVASTATIN 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

22 16
CLINISOL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

<11 23 47
CALCITRIOL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

24 8
CLOPIDOGREL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

25 31
KIONEX 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

26 229
BUMETANIDE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

27 74
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 27 37
NIFEDICAL XL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

27 96
ATENOLOL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

30 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

30 19
MIDODRINE HCL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

32 109
PREDNISONE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

33 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

34 11
OMEPRAZOLE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

34 15
SERTRALINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

36 79
LABETALOL HCL 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

37 42
MINOXIDIL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 38 73
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 Aug. 4, 2014.
  • 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.