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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,667Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 90 out of 632

$742K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 632

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older

22% 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 Nebraska
lower than average

Antipsychotics

2% of this provider’s 499 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

19% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 31%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 499 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

17% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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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

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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

$455K

2012

$598K

2013

$767K

2014

$742K

2015

Number of Claims

7,759

2012

9,500

2013

10,660

2014

10,667

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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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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

624

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

533

prescriptions.

109

patients, 18% of all patients

1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

563

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

453

prescriptions.

97

patients, 16% of all patients

2 1
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

417

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

349

prescriptions.

86

patients, 14% of all patients

3 2
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

384

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

379

prescriptions.

83

patients, 14% of all patients

4 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

299

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

5 5
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

294

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

53

patients, 9% of all patients

6 7
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

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

7 3
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

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

8 12
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

58

patients, 9% of all patients

9 8
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

212

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

10 13
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

11 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

62

patients, 10% of all patients

O 12 11
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

13 20
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

14 20
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

14 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

16 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

17 10
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

18 37
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

19 26
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

20 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

21 19
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

22 14
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

23 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

24 29
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

25 42
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

26 44
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

27 36
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

28 28
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

29 27
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

30 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

30 23
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

32 17
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

33 82
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

34 68
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

34 30
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 P 36 78
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

37 15
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

38 89
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

39 47
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

O 40 16
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

41 96
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

42 69
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 42 80
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

42 169
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

R 45 45
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

46 129
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 47 43
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE

Sumatriptan is used to trea... +

Sumatriptan is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes is accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to sound and light). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 47 179
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 Dec. 20, 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.