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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,115Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 165 providers in this state and specialty

$244K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 165 providers in this state and specialty

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

23% 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 South Dakota
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

28% of this provider’s 410 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 28%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 410 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 23%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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

$181K

2014

$231K

2015

$244K

2016

Number of Claims

4,528

2014

4,894

2015

5,115

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
SIMVASTATIN 288

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

77

patients, 19% of all patients

1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 282

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

62

patients, 15% of all patients

2 1
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

3 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 154

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

4 13
LISINOPRIL 137

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 130

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

6 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 130

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 128

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

8 5
BACLOFEN 105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

9 75
SERTRALINE HCL 98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

10 16
METFORMIN HCL 92

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

11 11
FLUOXETINE HCL 89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

12 43
TRAMADOL HCL 85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

O 13 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

14 26
TRAZODONE HCL 80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

15 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

16 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

17 14
ATENOLOL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

18 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

19 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

20 27
AZITHROMYCIN 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

50

patients, 12% of all patients

A 21 53
LORAZEPAM 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

22 35
MELOXICAM 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

23 31
CLONAZEPAM 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

24 20
FAMOTIDINE* 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

25 143
WARFARIN SODIUM 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 26 18
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

O 26 148
GABAPENTIN 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

28 19
CRESTOR 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

28 61
FUROSEMIDE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

30 8
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. 27, 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.