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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,624Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

$862K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

857 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83% Patients 65 Years and Older

47% 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 Arizona
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 713 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

8% of this provider’s 857 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

6% of this provider’s 857 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 4%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$113 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $152 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$580K

2014

$684K

2015

$862K

2016

Number of Claims

8,577

2014

8,358

2015

7,624

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
ALLOPURINOL 626

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

583

prescriptions.

183

patients, 21% of all patients

1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 621

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

534

prescriptions.

142

patients, 17% of all patients

2 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 585

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

499

prescriptions.

148

patients, 17% of all patients

3 6
FUROSEMIDE 459

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

415

prescriptions.

141

patients, 16% of all patients

4 1
LISINOPRIL 312

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

95

patients, 11% of all patients

5 3
RENVELA 274

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

6 8
CALCITRIOL 171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

7 4
CARVEDILOL 153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

8 11
SENSIPAR 140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

<11 22

patients, 3% of all patients

9 9
GABAPENTIN 134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

10 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

11 13
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

11 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

13 10
ULORIC 120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

14 52
CALCIUM ACETATE 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

15 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

15 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

17 82
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

18 21
HYDRALAZINE HCL 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

19 7
VALSARTAN 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

20 29
TERAZOSIN HCL 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

21 43
ATENOLOL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

22 41
METFORMIN HCL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

23 38
OMEPRAZOLE 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

24 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

25 42
TRAMADOL HCL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

O 26 44
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

27 28
CLONIDINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

27 19
FLUCONAZOLE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

29 15
GLIPIZIDE 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

30 50
BYSTOLIC 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 31 61
NIFEDIPINE ER 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

31 14
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

33 73
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

34 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

35 20
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 June 18, 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.