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STEPHEN MEZZAFONTE M.D.

100 PORT WASHINGTON BLVD ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL - DEPT OF CARDIOLOGY

Roslyn | New York | 11576

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,430Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 131 providers in this state and specialty

$615K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 131 providers in this state and specialty

667 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

8% 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

2% of this provider’s 667 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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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 23%.

Prescription Price

$139 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $89 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$471K

2014

$549K

2015

$615K

2016

Number of Claims

4,820

2014

4,575

2015

4,430

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 376

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

371

prescriptions.

122

patients, 18% of all patients

1 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 363

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

342

prescriptions.

138

patients, 21% of all patients

2 2
CLOPIDOGREL 266

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

103

patients, 15% of all patients

3 3
FUROSEMIDE 196

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

83

patients, 12% of all patients

4 8
EFFIENT 175

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

5 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 175

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

66

patients, 10% of all patients

5 4
SIMVASTATIN 148

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

62

patients, 9% of all patients

7 9
XARELTO 140

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

8 15
CARVEDILOL 127

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

9 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

10 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

11 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

12 6
CRESTOR 87

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

13 16
RAMIPRIL 85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

14 13
ELIQUIS 85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

14 12
SOTALOL 81

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

16 34
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

17 27
VALSARTAN 76

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

18 19
LISINOPRIL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

19 7
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

20 26
ALPRAZOLAM 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

21 82
PRADAXA 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

22 51
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

23 32
BRILINTA 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

23 31
DIGOXIN 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

25 33
OMEPRAZOLE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

26 39
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 April 13, 2010.
  • 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.