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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,089Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 132 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

$400K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 212 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

316 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older

39% 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 Colorado
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

49% of this provider’s 316 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Opioids

27% of this provider’s 316 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$403K

2014

$424K

2015

$400K

2016

Number of Claims

8,938

2014

8,842

2015

8,089

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 433

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

371

prescriptions.

88

patients, 28% of all patients

1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 306

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

74

patients, 23% of all patients

2 6
LISINOPRIL 270

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

68

patients, 22% of all patients

3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 242

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

55

patients, 17% of all patients

4 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 229

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

47

patients, 15% of all patients

5 2
ALPRAZOLAM 227

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

39

patients, 12% of all patients

6 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

27

patients, 9% of all patients

O 7 13
METFORMIN HCL 195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

47

patients, 15% of all patients

8 7
SIMVASTATIN 162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

37

patients, 12% of all patients

9 4
SERTRALINE HCL 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

10 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

27

patients, 9% of all patients

10 12
LOVASTATIN 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

38

patients, 12% of all patients

10 47
OXYCODONE HCL 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

O 10 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

14 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

14 10
LORAZEPAM 125

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

16 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

O 17 31
GABAPENTIN 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

24

patients, 8% of all patients

18 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

18 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

20 19
PREDNISONE 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

52

patients, 16% of all patients

20 34
DIAZEPAM 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

22 85
ALLOPURINOL 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

22 25
TRAMADOL HCL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

27

patients, 9% of all patients

O 24 16
CARVEDILOL 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

24

patients, 8% of all patients

25 41
AZITHROMYCIN 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

57

patients, 18% of all patients

A 26 64
CARISOPRODOL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 27 238
ATENOLOL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

28 17
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

29 86
OXYCONTIN 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 O 30 129
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

31 33
MELOXICAM 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

32 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

33 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 34 43
FUROSEMIDE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

24

patients, 8% of all patients

35 9
CLOPIDOGREL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

36 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

36 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 38 22
ROPINIROLE HCL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 39 116
PROAIR HFA 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

40 52
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

41 46
CLONIDINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

41 90
DEXILANT 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 43 119
AMOXICILLIN 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

37

patients, 12% of all patients

A 43 253
TRAZODONE HCL 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

45 23
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.