ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Treatment Tracker

How This Provider Compares

This Provider

Avg in State & Specialty

Providers in this state and specialty were reimbursed, on average, $181 per patient in 2014.
They performed about 3 services per patient. Here’s how this provider compares.
Number of
Patients
2,446
Rank: 30th
out of 561 providers in this state & specialty
Services
Performed
10,922
Rank: 17th
out of 561 providers in this state & specialty
Avg Services
Per Patient
4.5 This Provider
Avg 3.2
Total Paid
by Medicare
$649K
Rank: 11th
out of 561 providers in this state & specialty
Avg Paid
Per Patient
$265 This Provider
Avg $181

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 of his Part B patients.

Who Patients See Before and After This Provider

Providers often refer their patients to a small network of other providers and organizations. Here’s who patients saw the most patients within 30 days before or after this provider in 2014.

Patients saw before

BENJAMIN ATKESON M.D.

Patients saw after

This Provider's Services

This provider performed 76 different services in 2014
All Services

Show Only:

Drug Services
Medical Services
CATEGORY
Description of Service
Times Performed (or Units) This Service's Rank Patients Unique Visits
Per Patient
Billed to Medicare Payments from Medicare
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 15 minutes ×

Service Code: 99213
Performed in an office
3,072
times performed,
28% of his services

1st 7th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

1,506
patients got this service, 62% of his patients
2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$470,016an average of $153 per time performed $156,058
an average of $51 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, clotting time

Service Code: 85610
Performed in an office
1,359
times performed,
12% of his services

2nd 6th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

255
patients got this service, 10% of his patients
5.3
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 3.5)
$23,089an average of $17 per time performed $7,148
an average of $5 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Subsequent hospital inpatient care, typically 25 minutes ... +

Subsequent hospital inpatient care, typically 25 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99232
Performed in a facility
1,070
times performed,
10% of his services

3rd 8th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

344
patients got this service, 14% of his patients
3.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.1)
$218,280an average of $204 per time performed $58,882
an average of $55 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 5 minutes ×

Service Code: 99211
Performed in an office
799
times performed,
7% of his services

4th 10th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

291
patients got this service, 12% of his patients
2.7
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.6)
$34,357an average of $43 per time performed $11,234
an average of $14 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted ... +

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted blood flow rate, direction, and valve function ×

Service Code: 93306
Performed in an office
656
times performed,
6% of his services

5th 11th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

641
patients got this service, 26% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$423,756an average of $646 per time performed $106,082
an average of $162 per time performed
drug
DRUGS

Injection, regadenoson, 0.1 mg

Service Code: J2785
Performed in an office
432
times performed,
4% of his services

6th 9th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

194
patients got this service, 8% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$40,176an average of $93 per time performed $17,608
an average of $41 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted ... +

Ultrasound examination of heart including color-depicted blood flow rate, direction, and valve function ×

Service Code: 93306
Performed in a facility
384
times performed,
4% of his services

7th 4th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

367
patients got this service, 15% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$140,517an average of $366 per time performed $18,632
an average of $49 per time performed
medical
ADMINISTRATIVE

Technetium tc-99m sestamibi, diagnostic, per study dose

Service Code: A9500
Performed in an office
359
times performed,
3% of his services

8th 16th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

242
patients got this service, 10% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$181,295an average of $505 per time performed $20,940
an average of $58 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 3... +

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 30 minutes ×

Service Code: 99203
Performed in an office
273
times performed,
2% of his services

9th 55th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

273
patients got this service, 11% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$62,086an average of $227 per time performed $20,871
an average of $76 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress te... +

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress test with ekg monitoring, physician supervision, interpretation, and report ×

Service Code: 93015
Performed in an office
250
times performed,
2% of his services

10th 23rd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

246
patients got this service, 10% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$66,750an average of $267 per time performed $12,318
an average of $49 per time performed
medical
RADIOLOGY

Nuclear medicine study of vessels of heart using drugs or... +

Nuclear medicine study of vessels of heart using drugs or exercise multiple studies ×

Service Code: 78452
Performed in an office
245
times performed,
2% of his services

11th 19th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

242
patients got this service, 10% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$343,593an average of $1,402 per time performed $86,769
an average of $354 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 30 minutes per... +

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 30 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99221
Performed in a facility
244
times performed,
2% of his services

12th 61st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

224
patients got this service, 9% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$68,913an average of $282 per time performed $18,793
an average of $77 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Insertion of catheter in left heart for imaging of blood ... +

Insertion of catheter in left heart for imaging of blood vessels or grafts and left lower heart ×

Service Code: 93458
Performed in a facility
135
times performed,
1% of his services

13th 31st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

133
patients got this service, 5% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$273,048an average of $2,023 per time performed $32,014
an average of $237 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Routine electrocardiogram (ekg) using at least 12 leads w... +

Routine electrocardiogram (ekg) using at least 12 leads with interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93010
Performed in a facility
116
times performed,
1% of his services

14th 1st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

101
patients got this service, 4% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$5,716an average of $49 per time performed $760
an average of $7 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Ultrasound scanning of blood flow (outside the brain) on ... +

Ultrasound scanning of blood flow (outside the brain) on both sides of head and neck ×

Service Code: 93880
Performed in an office
114
times performed,
1% of his services

15th 32nd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

113
patients got this service, 5% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$66,042an average of $579 per time performed $15,460
an average of $136 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Routine ekg using at least 12 leads including interpretat... +

Routine ekg using at least 12 leads including interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93000
Performed in an office
99
times performed,
0.91% of his services

16th 3rd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

90
patients got this service, 4% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$5,742an average of $58 per time performed $1,174
an average of $12 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress te... +

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress test with ekg monitoring and physician supervision ×

Service Code: 93016
Performed in an office
87
times performed,
0.8% of his services

17th 47th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

87
patients got this service, 4% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$5,481an average of $63 per time performed $1,463
an average of $17 per time performed
medical
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

External ekg recording for more than 48 hours up to 21 days +

External ekg recording for more than 48 hours up to 21 days ×

Service Code: 0296T
Performed in an office
75
times performed,
0.69% of his services

18th 166th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

72
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$2,550an average of $34 per time performed $667
an average of $9 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides)

Service Code: 80061
Performed in an office
74
times performed,
0.68% of his services

19th 38th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

57
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1.3
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.2)
$4,144an average of $56 per time performed $1,306
an average of $18 per time performed
medical
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Review and interpretation of external ekg recording for m... +

Review and interpretation of external ekg recording for more than 48 hours up to 21 days ×

Service Code: 0298T
Performed in an office
73
times performed,
0.67% of his services

20th 160th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

71
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$4,777an average of $65 per time performed $1,376
an average of $19 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Doppler ultrasound study of heart blood flow, valves, and... +

Doppler ultrasound study of heart blood flow, valves, and chambers ×

Service Code: 93320
Performed in a facility
65
times performed,
0.6% of his services

21st 36th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

64
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$4,218an average of $65 per time performed $928
an average of $14 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Doppler ultrasound study of color-directed heart blood fl... +

Doppler ultrasound study of color-directed heart blood flow, rate, and valve function ×

Service Code: 93325
Performed in a facility
64
times performed,
0.59% of his services

22nd 30th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

63
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$990an average of $15 per time performed $172
an average of $3 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 10 minutes ×

Service Code: 99212
Performed in a facility
61
times performed,
0.56% of his services

23rd 131st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

44
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1.4
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.2)
$5,612an average of $92 per time performed $1,175
an average of $19 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress te... +

Exercise or drug-induced heart and blood vessel stress test with ekg monitoring, physician interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93018
Performed in a facility
51
times performed,
0.47% of his services

24th 14th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

50
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$4,385an average of $86 per time performed $573
an average of $11 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 15 minutes ×

Service Code: 99213
Performed in a facility
47
times performed,
0.43% of his services

25th 25th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

47
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$7,191an average of $153 per time performed $1,839
an average of $39 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 50 minutes per... +

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 50 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99222
Performed in a facility
45
times performed,
0.41% of his services

26th 24th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

42
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$17,505an average of $389 per time performed $4,671
an average of $104 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Insertion of probe in esophagus for heart ultrasound exam... +

Insertion of probe in esophagus for heart ultrasound examination including interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93312
Performed in a facility
42
times performed,
0.38% of his services

27th 44th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

41
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$15,999an average of $381 per time performed $3,412
an average of $81 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Doppler ultrasound study of heart blood flow, valves, and... +

Doppler ultrasound study of heart blood flow, valves, and chambers ×

Service Code: 93320
Performed in an office
40
times performed,
0.37% of his services

28th 90th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

39
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$6,640an average of $166 per time performed $1,622
an average of $41 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Doppler ultrasound study of color-directed heart blood fl... +

Doppler ultrasound study of color-directed heart blood flow, rate, and valve function ×

Service Code: 93325
Performed in an office
40
times performed,
0.37% of his services

29th 92nd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

39
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$3,440an average of $86 per time performed $763
an average of $19 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Ultrasound examination and continuous monitoring of the h... +

Ultrasound examination and continuous monitoring of the heart performed during rest, exercise, and/or drug-induced stress with interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93351
Performed in an office
39
times performed,
0.36% of his services

30th 77th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

38
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$28,977an average of $743 per time performed $8,111
an average of $208 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Ultrasound examination of the heart performed during rest... +

Ultrasound examination of the heart performed during rest, exercise, and/or drug-induced stress with interpretation and report ×

Service Code: 93350
Performed in a facility
37
times performed,
0.34% of his services

31st 63rd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

37
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$10,584an average of $286 per time performed $1,992
an average of $54 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Hospital discharge day management, 30 minutes or less

Service Code: 99238
Performed in a facility
36
times performed,
0.33% of his services

32nd 53rd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

34
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$7,380an average of $205 per time performed $1,985
an average of $55 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-... +

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-hour ekg ×

Service Code: 93227
Performed in a facility
32
times performed,
0.29% of his services

33rd 67th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

30
patients got this service, 1% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$2,784an average of $87 per time performed $658
an average of $21 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 70 minutes per... +

Initial hospital inpatient care, typically 70 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99223
Performed in a facility
23
times performed,
0.21% of his services

34th 20th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

22
patients got this service, 0.9% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$13,179an average of $573 per time performed $3,397
an average of $148 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 3... +

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 30 minutes ×

Service Code: 99203
Performed in a facility
22
times performed,
0.2% of his services

35th 137th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

22
patients got this service, 0.9% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$5,015an average of $228 per time performed $1,280
an average of $58 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Heart rhythm tracing of 48-hour ekg

Service Code: 93225
Performed in an office
22
times performed,
0.2% of his services

36th 58th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

22
patients got this service, 0.9% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$1,914an average of $87 per time performed $373
an average of $17 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-... +

Heart rhythm tracing, analysis, and interpretation of 48-hour ekg ×

Service Code: 93227
Performed in an office
21
times performed,
0.19% of his services

37th 46th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

21
patients got this service, 0.86% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$1,596an average of $76 per time performed $401
an average of $19 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Ultrasound study of arteries of both arms and legs

Service Code: 93922
Performed in an office
18
times performed,
0.16% of his services

38th 85th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

18
patients got this service, 0.74% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$5,580an average of $310 per time performed $1,122
an average of $62 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 10 minutes ×

Service Code: 99212
Performed in an office
18
times performed,
0.16% of his services

39th 43rd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

17
patients got this service, 0.7% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$1,656an average of $92 per time performed $586
an average of $33 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Hospital observation care discharge

Service Code: 99217
Performed in a facility
18
times performed,
0.16% of his services

40th 65th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

18
patients got this service, 0.74% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$3,690an average of $205 per time performed $991
an average of $55 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

External shock to heart to regulate heart beat

Service Code: 92960
Performed in a facility
16
times performed,
0.15% of his services

41st 78th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

16
patients got this service, 0.65% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$9,360an average of $585 per time performed $1,501
an average of $94 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Insertion of catheter in left heart for imaging of blood ... +

Insertion of catheter in left heart for imaging of blood vessels or grafts and left lower heart ×

Service Code: 93459
Performed in a facility
15
times performed,
0.14% of his services

42nd 108th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

15
patients got this service, 0.61% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$39,300an average of $2,620 per time performed $4,052
an average of $270 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Ultrasound scan of blood flow of aorta, vena cava, bypass... +

Ultrasound scan of blood flow of aorta, vena cava, bypass graphs, or one side of the groin or limited scan ×

Service Code: 93979
Performed in an office
15
times performed,
0.14% of his services

43rd Alert 634c0670e9b0f4e97fc9f1e1f07be123ffeab88a9de548d41da5a24a8f6054bd

most performed service for this provider 5 or fewer providers in this specialty in NC perform this service

15
patients got this service, 0.61% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
$5,850an average of $390 per time performed $1,622
an average of $108 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Insertion of catheter for imaging of heart blood vessels ... +

Insertion of catheter for imaging of heart blood vessels or grafts ×

Service Code: 93454
Performed in a facility
13
times performed,
0.12% of his services

44th 132nd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

13
patients got this service, 0.53% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$28,110an average of $2,162 per time performed $2,500
an average of $192 per time performed
drug
DRUGS

Injection, aminophyllin, up to 250 mg

Service Code: J0280
Performed in an office
13
times performed,
0.12% of his services

45th 116th

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

13
patients got this service, 0.53% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$26an average of $2 per time performed $18
an average of $1 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Established patient office or other outpatient, visit typ... +

Established patient office or other outpatient, visit typically 25 minutes ×

Service Code: 99214
Performed in an office
12
times performed,
0.11% of his services

46th 2nd

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

12
patients got this service, 0.49% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.7)
$2,700an average of $225 per time performed $834
an average of $70 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Follow-up or limited ultrasound examination of heart

Service Code: 93308
Performed in a facility
12
times performed,
0.11% of his services

47th 51st

most performed service for this provider most performed service in this state & specialty

12
patients got this service, 0.49% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$1,141an average of $95 per time performed $237
an average of $20 per time performed

Office Visits

Medicare reimburses office visits using a five-point scale, with five being the most intensive and costly. The chart below shows what percentage of this provider’s office visits were reimbursed at each level. A higher than average proportion of costly visits is not necessarily an indication of a problem, but it may be worth asking about.

Hover over each slice to see percentage breakdown.

Benjamin Granger Atkeson
Average for Cardiovascular Disease Providers in North Carolina

Notes: Medicare redacted this data for any services provided to fewer than 11 patients. The contact information listed above is the most current we have for this provider. The services listed on this page may have been delivered at a previous address or as part of a different practice.

Incorrect Info? If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to checkup@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to checkup@propublica.org. Here's a link to Medicare's data on this provider.

Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Plan and Provider Enumeration System, American Medical Association

Services that begin with a letter come from CMS. All other codes and descriptions of the medical procedures are from the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set, copyright 2013 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. Where practical, AMA’s consumer friendly translation of the CPT descriptor was used. ProPublica has received permission from the AMA to use these codes on this site.

Read our methodology.