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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,994Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 34

$496K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 34

583 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

12% 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 North Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 543 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

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 543 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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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

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$99 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $97 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$212K

2012

$237K

2013

$360K

2014

$496K

2015

Number of Claims

3,956

2012

4,668

2013

5,031

2014

4,994

2015

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.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

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
ELIQUIS

Used to help prevent stroke... +

Used to help prevent strokes or blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation (a condition in which the heart beats irregularly, increasing the chance of clots forming in the body and possibly causing strokes) that is not caused by heart valve disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

564

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

530

prescriptions.

95

patients, 16% of all patients

1 7
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

536

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

477

prescriptions.

108

patients, 19% of all patients

2 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

503

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

483

prescriptions.

101

patients, 17% of all patients

3 1
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

348

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

321

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

4 24
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

275

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

50

patients, 9% of all patients

5 9
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

192

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

6 4
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

174

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

8 13
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

9 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

10 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

11 17
PRADAXA

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung) in patients who have been treated with an injectable anticoagulant (''blood thinner''). Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

12 14
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

13 21
AMIODARONE HCL

Amiodarone is used to treat... +

Amiodarone is used to treat and prevent certain types of serious, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm when other medications did not help or could not be tolerated. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

14 3
FLECAINIDE ACETATE

Flecainide is used to preve... +

Flecainide is used to prevent certain types of life-threatening irregular heartbeats. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

15 5
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

Digox (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

R 16 28
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

Treats certain heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation). Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

R 17 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

18 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

19 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

20 6
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

21 25
PROPAFENONE HCL

Propafenone is used to trea... +

Propafenone is used to treat arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and to maintain a normal heart rate. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

22 22
CARTIA XT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

23 26
TIKOSYN 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 24 12
MULTAQ

Treats heart rhythm problem... +

Treats heart rhythm problems in patients who have a history of atrial fibrillation. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 25 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

26 16
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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. 11, 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.