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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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6,915Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 114 providers in this state and specialty

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 114 providers in this state and specialty

693 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

75% 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 Texas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 539 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

12% of this provider’s 693 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 693 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 6%.

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Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$185 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $230 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$1.04M

2014

$1.23M

2015

$1.28M

2016

Number of Claims

7,367

2014

7,892

2015

6,915

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
CALCITRIOL 457

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

425

prescriptions.

118

patients, 17% of all patients

1 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 323

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

81

patients, 12% of all patients

2 2
RENVELA 317

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

71

patients, 10% of all patients

3 3
SENSIPAR 299

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

4 5
LISINOPRIL 242

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

64

patients, 9% of all patients

5 4
FUROSEMIDE 234

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

93

patients, 13% of all patients

6 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 215

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

7 13
CARVEDILOL 174

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

8 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

9 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

10 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

11 26
ALLOPURINOL 119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

12 11
SIMVASTATIN 109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

13 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

14 9
METFORMIN HCL 105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

15 38
OMEPRAZOLE 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

16 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

16 12
VALSARTAN 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

18 33
SPIRONOLACTONE 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

19 29
CLONIDINE HCL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

20 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

21 21
GABAPENTIN 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

22 19
CLOPIDOGREL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

23 36
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

23 48
GLIPIZIDE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

25 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

26 85
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

27 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

28 28
CLONIDINE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

29 107
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

30 83
PREDNISONE 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

31 18
JANUVIA 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

32 61
CALCIUM ACETATE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

33 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 34 31
BYSTOLIC 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 34 87
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

36 70
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

A 36 47
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 Aug. 22, 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.