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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,288Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 65 out of 281 providers in this state and specialty

$320K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 75 out of 281 providers in this state and specialty

241 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37% Patients 65 Years and Older

68% 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

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

0 of this provider’s 88 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 241 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Opioids

92% of this provider’s 241 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 24%.

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$97 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $190 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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

$420K

2014

$332K

2015

$320K

2016

Number of Claims

4,228

2014

3,565

2015

3,288

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
OXYCODONE HCL 796

prescriptions, 24% of all prescriptions

342

prescriptions.

110

patients, 46% of all patients

O 1 10
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 446

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

83

patients, 34% of all patients

O 2 8
GABAPENTIN 423

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

88

patients, 37% of all patients

3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 163

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

28

patients, 12% of all patients

O 4 2
BUSPIRONE HCL 125

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

24

patients, 10% of all patients

5 69
FENTANYL 119

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

O 6 30
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 113

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

O 7 95
TIZANIDINE HCL 95

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

32

patients, 13% of all patients

8 33
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 O 9 27
LYRICA 79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

10 36
VOLTAREN 64

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

11 132
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

12 56
OXYCONTIN 54

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 O 13 38
MELOXICAM 50

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

14 32
OPANA ER 50

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 O 14 75
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 April 29, 2013.
  • 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.