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How This Provider Compares

This Provider

Avg in State & Specialty

Providers in this state and specialty were reimbursed, on average, $236 per patient in 2014.
They performed about 5 services per patient. Here’s how this provider compares.
Number of
Patients
704
Rank: 209th
out of 1,851 providers in this state & specialty
Services
Performed
11,336
Rank: 33rd
out of 1,851 providers in this state & specialty
Avg Services
Per Patient
16.1 This Provider is in the top 10%
Avg 5.1
Total Paid
by Medicare
$250K
Rank: 101st
out of 1,851 providers in this state & specialty
Avg Paid
Per Patient
$356 This Provider
Avg $236

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 her 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

LINDA BUCHANAN MD

Patients saw after

This Provider's Services

This provider performed 102 different services in 2014
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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
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

Insertion of needle into vein for collection of blood sample +

Insertion of needle into vein for collection of blood sample ×

Service Code: 36415
Performed in an office
1,253
times performed,
11% of her services

1st 4th

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

571
patients got this service, 81% of her patients
2.2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.1)
$20,048an average of $16 per time performed $3,671
an average of $3 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, comprehensive group of blood chemicals

Service Code: 80053
Performed in an office
1,068
times performed,
9% of her services

2nd 8th

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

552
patients got this service, 78% of her patients
1.9
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.6)
$32,040an average of $30 per time performed $12,026
an average of $11 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides)

Service Code: 80061
Performed in an office
1,002
times performed,
9% of her services

3rd 6th

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

541
patients got this service, 77% of her patients
1.9
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.5)
$37,074an average of $37 per time performed $13,627
an average of $14 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Complete blood cell count (red cells, white blood cell, p... +

Complete blood cell count (red cells, white blood cell, platelets), automated test ×

Service Code: 85025
Performed in an office
834
times performed,
7% of her services

4th 7th

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

515
patients got this service, 73% of her patients
1.6
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.6)
$18,348an average of $22 per time performed $8,657
an average of $10 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
700
times performed,
6% of her services

5th 1st

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

485
patients got this service, 69% of her patients
1.4
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.2)
$94,500an average of $135 per time performed $44,821
an average of $64 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Thyroxine (thyroid chemical) measurement

Service Code: 84439
Performed in an office
680
times performed,
6% of her services

6th 31st

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

474
patients got this service, 67% of her patients
1.4
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$17,000an average of $25 per time performed $8,146
an average of $12 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, thyroid stimulating hormone (tsh)

Service Code: 84443
Performed in an office
680
times performed,
6% of her services

7th 17th

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

474
patients got this service, 67% of her patients
1.4
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$31,960an average of $47 per time performed $15,198
an average of $22 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 an office
606
times performed,
5% of her services

8th 2nd

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

352
patients got this service, 50% of her patients
1.7
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.2)
$53,934an average of $89 per time performed $27,955
an average of $46 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Hemoglobin a1c level

Service Code: 83036
Performed in an office
562
times performed,
5% of her services

9th 16th

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

316
patients got this service, 45% of her patients
1.8
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.7)
$15,174an average of $27 per time performed $7,227
an average of $13 per time performed
medical
PROCEDURES

Annual wellness visit, includes a personalized prevention... +

Annual wellness visit, includes a personalized prevention plan of service (pps), subsequent visit ×

Service Code: G0439
Performed in an office
312
times performed,
3% of her services

10th 22nd

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

312
patients got this service, 44% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$52,728an average of $169 per time performed $34,289
an average of $110 per time performed
medical
PROCEDURES

Administration of influenza virus vaccine

Service Code: G0008
Performed in an office
309
times performed,
3% of her services

11th 9th

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

306
patients got this service, 43% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$6,180an average of $20 per time performed $6,056
an average of $20 per time performed
drug
TEMPORARY CODES

Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered t... +

Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use (fluzone) ×

Service Code: Q2038
Performed in an office
308
times performed,
3% of her services

12th 44th

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

305
patients got this service, 43% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$6,160an average of $20 per time performed $3,634
an average of $12 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Automated urinalysis test

Service Code: 81003
Performed in an office
305
times performed,
3% of her services

13th 29th

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

278
patients got this service, 39% of her patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$1,830an average of $6 per time performed $915
an average of $3 per time performed
drug
DRUGS

Injection, dexamethasone sodium phosphate, 1mg

Service Code: J1100
Performed in an office
261
times performed,
2% of her services

14th 55th

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

55
patients got this service, 8% of her patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$261an average of $1 per time performed $21
an average of $0 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
253
times performed,
2% of her services

15th 19th

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

69
patients got this service, 10% of her patients
3.7
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 3.1)
$8,096an average of $32 per time performed $3,446
an average of $14 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, clotting time

Service Code: 85610
Performed in an office
244
times performed,
2% of her services

16th 10th

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

29
patients got this service, 4% of her patients
8.4
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 6.6)
$5,368an average of $22 per time performed $1,283
an average of $5 per time performed
medical
MEDICINE

Injection beneath the skin or into muscle for therapy, di... +

Injection beneath the skin or into muscle for therapy, diagnosis, or prevention ×

Service Code: 96372
Performed in an office
147
times performed,
1% of her services

17th 26th

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

81
patients got this service, 12% of her patients
1.8
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.7)
$5,880an average of $40 per time performed $2,402
an average of $16 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Urine microalbumin (protein) analysis

Service Code: 82044
Performed in an office
138
times performed,
1% of her services

18th 72nd

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

136
patients got this service, 19% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$1,794an average of $13 per time performed $834
an average of $6 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Creatinine level to test for kidney function or muscle in... +

Creatinine level to test for kidney function or muscle injury ×

Service Code: 82570
Performed in an office
138
times performed,
1% of her services

19th 63rd

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

136
patients got this service, 19% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.2)
$1,932an average of $14 per time performed $943
an average of $7 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Cyanocobalamin (vitamin b-12) level

Service Code: 82607
Performed in an office
133
times performed,
1% of her services

20th 101st

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

80
patients got this service, 11% of her patients
1.7
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$5,719an average of $43 per time performed $2,663
an average of $20 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Manual urinalysis test with examination using microscope +

Manual urinalysis test with examination using microscope ×

Service Code: 81001
Performed in an office
122
times performed,
1% of her services

21st 43rd

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

111
patients got this service, 16% of her patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$1,098an average of $9 per time performed $512
an average of $4 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Subsequent nursing facility visit, typically 10 minutes p... +

Subsequent nursing facility visit, typically 10 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99307
Performed in an office
86
times performed,
0.76% of her services

22nd 50th

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

29
patients got this service, 4% of her patients
3
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 3.3)
$4,386an average of $51 per time performed $2,367
an average of $28 per time performed
medical
RADIOLOGY

X-ray of chest, 2 views, front and side

Service Code: 71020
Performed in an office
79
times performed,
0.7% of her services

23rd 57th

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

65
patients got this service, 9% of her patients
1.2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$5,372an average of $68 per time performed $1,714
an average of $22 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Uric acid level, blood

Service Code: 84550
Performed in an office
77
times performed,
0.68% of her services

24th 78th

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

46
patients got this service, 7% of her patients
1.7
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.5)
$1,001an average of $13 per time performed $327
an average of $4 per time performed
drug
DRUGS

Injection, ketorolac tromethamine, per 15 mg

Service Code: J1885
Performed in an office
71
times performed,
0.63% of her services

25th 104th

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

24
patients got this service, 3% of her patients
1.2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$355an average of $5 per time performed $16
an average of $0 per time performed
drug
MEDICINE

Vaccine for pneumococcal polysaccharide for injection ben... +

Vaccine for pneumococcal polysaccharide for injection beneath the skin or into muscle, patient 2 years or older ×

Service Code: 90732
Performed in an office
64
times performed,
0.56% of her services

26th 51st

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

64
patients got this service, 9% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$4,882an average of $76 per time performed $4,776
an average of $75 per time performed
medical
PROCEDURES

Administration of pneumococcal vaccine

Service Code: G0009
Performed in an office
64
times performed,
0.56% of her services

27th 37th

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

64
patients got this service, 9% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$1,280an average of $20 per time performed $1,254
an average of $20 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, basic group of blood chemicals

Service Code: 80048
Performed in an office
61
times performed,
0.54% of her services

28th 21st

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

44
patients got this service, 6% of her patients
1.4
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.6)
$1,464an average of $24 per time performed $676
an average of $11 per time performed
medical
PROCEDURES

Cervical or vaginal cancer screening; pelvic and clinical... +

Cervical or vaginal cancer screening; pelvic and clinical breast examination ×

Service Code: G0101
Performed in an office
60
times performed,
0.53% of her services

29th 187th

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

60
patients got this service, 9% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$4,320an average of $72 per time performed $2,194
an average of $37 per time performed
medical
NA

Transitional care management services, highly complexity,... +

Transitional care management services, highly complexity, requiring face-to-face visits within 7 days of discharge ×

Service Code: 99496
Performed in an office
56
times performed,
0.49% of her services

30th 132nd

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

51
patients got this service, 7% of her patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$14,392an average of $257 per time performed $9,745
an average of $174 per time performed
medical
PROCEDURES

Annual wellness visit; includes a personalized prevention... +

Annual wellness visit; includes a personalized prevention plan of service (pps), initial visit ×

Service Code: G0438
Performed in an office
42
times performed,
0.37% of her services

31st 41st

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

42
patients got this service, 6% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$10,710an average of $255 per time performed $6,903
an average of $164 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Subsequent nursing facility visit, typically 10 minutes p... +

Subsequent nursing facility visit, typically 10 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99307
Performed in a facility
38
times performed,
0.34% of her services

32nd 82nd

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

18
patients got this service, 3% of her patients
2.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.7)
$1,938an average of $51 per time performed $1,154
an average of $30 per time performed
medical
PROCEDURES

Physician certification for medicare-covered home health ... +

Physician certification for medicare-covered home health services under a home health plan of care (patient not present), including contacts with home health agency and review of reports of patient status required by physicians to affirm the initial imple ×

Service Code: G0180
Performed in an office
32
times performed,
0.28% of her services

33rd 61st

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

28
patients got this service, 4% of her patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$3,520an average of $110 per time performed $1,317
an average of $41 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Detection test for influenza virus

Service Code: 87804
Performed in an office
31
times performed,
0.27% of her services

34th 120th

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

20
patients got this service, 3% of her patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$1,054an average of $34 per time performed $497
an average of $16 per time performed
medical
PROCEDURES

Physician re-certification for medicare-covered home heal... +

Physician re-certification for medicare-covered home health services under a home health plan of care (patient not present), including contacts with home health agency and review of reports of patient status required by physicians to affirm the initial im ×

Service Code: G0179
Performed in an office
29
times performed,
0.26% of her services

35th 89th

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

19
patients got this service, 3% of her patients
1.5
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.9)
$2,436an average of $84 per time performed $889
an average of $31 per time performed
medical
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Initial nursing facility visit, typically 35 minutes per day +

Initial nursing facility visit, typically 35 minutes per day ×

Service Code: 99305
Performed in a facility
27
times performed,
0.24% of her services

36th 82nd

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

22
patients got this service, 3% of her patients
1.2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$3,564an average of $132 per time performed $2,771
an average of $103 per time performed
medical
RADIOLOGY

Bone density measurement using dedicated x-ray machine

Service Code: 77080
Performed in an office
25
times performed,
0.22% of her services

37th 76th

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

25
patients got this service, 4% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$5,150an average of $206 per time performed $1,156
an average of $46 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
24
times performed,
0.21% of her services

38th 14th

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

23
patients got this service, 3% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$1,512an average of $63 per time performed $236
an average of $10 per time performed
medical
NA

Transitional care management services, moderately complex... +

Transitional care management services, moderately complexity, requiring face-to-face visits within 14 days of discharge ×

Service Code: 99495
Performed in an office
23
times performed,
0.2% of her services

39th 112th

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

22
patients got this service, 3% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$4,186an average of $182 per time performed $2,693
an average of $117 per time performed
medical
TEMPORARY CODES

Screening papanicolaou smear; obtaining, preparing and co... +

Screening papanicolaou smear; obtaining, preparing and conveyance of cervical or vaginal smear to laboratory ×

Service Code: Q0091
Performed in an office
21
times performed,
0.19% of her services

40th 236th

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

21
patients got this service, 3% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$1,617an average of $77 per time performed $904
an average of $43 per time performed
medical
RADIOLOGY

X-ray of lower and sacral spine, 2 or 3 views

Service Code: 72100
Performed in an office
20
times performed,
0.18% of her services

41st 185th

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

19
patients got this service, 3% of her patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$1,440an average of $72 per time performed $480
an average of $24 per time performed
medical
PROCEDURES

Initial preventive physical examination; face-to-face vis... +

Initial preventive physical examination; face-to-face visit, services limited to new beneficiary during the first 12 months of medicare enrollment ×

Service Code: G0402
Performed in an office
16
times performed,
0.14% of her services

42nd 119th

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

16
patients got this service, 2% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$3,824an average of $239 per time performed $2,547
an average of $159 per time performed
medical
RADIOLOGY

X-ray of ribs of one side of body, minimum of 2 views

Service Code: 73510
Performed in an office
12
times performed,
0.11% of her services

43rd 247th

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

12
patients got this service, 2% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$768an average of $64 per time performed $337
an average of $28 per time performed
medical
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Psa (prostate specific antigen) measurement

Service Code: 84153
Performed in an office
11
times performed,
0.1% of her services

44th 123rd

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

11
patients got this service, 2% of her patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.2)
$561an average of $51 per time performed $270
an average of $25 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.

Linda Buchanan
Average for Internal Medicine Providers in Virginia

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.

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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.

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