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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,619Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

$743K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 45 providers in this state and specialty

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

40% 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 Kentucky
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 334 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

15% of this provider’s 439 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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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 *

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$161 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $156 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$305K

2014

$760K

2015

$743K

2016

Number of Claims

3,979

2014

4,642

2015

4,619

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
FUROSEMIDE 471

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

353

prescriptions.

110

patients, 25% of all patients

1 1
CARVEDILOL 286

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

58

patients, 13% of all patients

2 8
SPIRONOLACTONE 273

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

55

patients, 13% of all patients

3 13
CALCITRIOL 209

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

4 6
LISINOPRIL 209

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

57

patients, 13% of all patients

4 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 198

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

45

patients, 10% of all patients

6 7
LABETALOL HCL 173

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

7 45
NIFEDIPINE ER 159

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

8 25
NIFEDICAL XL 144

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

9 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 137

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

10 5
RENVELA 136

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

11 9
SENSIPAR 119

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

12 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 116

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

13 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

14 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

15 14
CALCIUM ACETATE 93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

16 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

17 18
ALLOPURINOL 79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

18 4
TERAZOSIN HCL 72

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

19 92
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

20 30
CLONIDINE HCL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

21 17
CHLORTHALIDONE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

22 32
METOLAZONE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

23 29
KLOR-CON M20 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

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 Aug. 3, 2017.
  • 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.