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GRACIELA DEBOCCARDO MD

111 E 210TH ST MMC-DIVISION OF NEPHROLOGY, RENAL TRANSPLANT

Bronx | New York | 10467

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,333Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 154 providers in this state and specialty

$870K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 154 providers in this state and specialty

241 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
47% Patients 65 Years and Older

83% 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 New York
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

22% of this provider’s 241 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 14%.

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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

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$104 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $174 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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

$792K

2014

$1.04M

2015

$870K

2016

Number of Claims

7,285

2014

8,100

2015

8,333

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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O

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
PREDNISONE 897

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

488

prescriptions.

136

patients, 56% of all patients

1 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 689

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

340

prescriptions.

93

patients, 39% of all patients

2 4
TACROLIMUS 415

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

52

patients, 22% of all patients

3 50
NIFEDIPINE ER 354

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

63

patients, 26% of all patients

4 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 321

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

45

patients, 19% of all patients

5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 314

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

44

patients, 18% of all patients

6 10
FAMOTIDINE* 293

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

54

patients, 22% of all patients

7 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 283

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

40

patients, 17% of all patients

8 15
NIFEDICAL XL 278

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

44

patients, 18% of all patients

9 51
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 255

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

45

patients, 19% of all patients

10 41
SIMVASTATIN 192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

30

patients, 12% of all patients

11 6
MYCOPHENOLIC ACID 154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

26

patients, 11% of all patients

10 12 149
CARVEDILOL 147

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

23

patients, 10% of all patients

13 18
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

14 77
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

32

patients, 13% of all patients

15 59
OMEPRAZOLE 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

16 14
VALGANCICLOVIR HCL 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

33

patients, 14% of all patients

17 121
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

28

patients, 12% of all patients

A 18 63
FUROSEMIDE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

23

patients, 10% of all patients

19 2
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

22

patients, 9% of all patients

20 101
CYCLOSPORINE MODIFIED 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 10 20 212
METFORMIN HCL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

22 16
JANUVIA 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

23 28
CRESTOR 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 24 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

25 11
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

25 113
GABAPENTIN 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

27 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 28 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

29 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

29 36
LISINOPRIL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 29 8
CALCITRIOL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 32 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

32 12
CLOPIDOGREL 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

34 24
ATENOLOL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 35 31
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

36 131
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

36 121
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 38 1
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 July 2, 2009.
  • 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.