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How This Provider Compares

This Provider

Avg in State & Specialty

Providers in this state and specialty were reimbursed, on average, $193 per patient in 2012.
They performed about 6 services per patient. Here’s how this provider compares.
Number of
Patients
787
Rank: 147th
out of 2,477 providers in this state & specialty
Services
Performed
10,857
Rank: 49th
out of 2,477 providers in this state & specialty
Avg Services
Per Patient
13.8 This Provider is in the top 10%
Avg 5.6
Total Paid
by Medicare
$231K
Rank: 100th
out of 2,477 providers in this state & specialty
Avg Paid
Per Patient
$294 This Provider
Avg $193

Office Visits

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Top Billing

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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.

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Howard Ruscetti
Average for Family Practice Providers in North Carolina

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, from Jan. 2012 to June 2013.

Patients saw before

Howard Ruscetti

Patients saw after

Individuals

JENNIFER JOHNSON

LEWIS WARREN

HA EVANS

FRED SCIALABBA

EVAN EVANS

Organizations

NEW HANOVER REGIONAL ME...

LABORATORY CORPORATION ...

This Provider's Services

This provider performed 47 different services in 2012
CATEGORY
Description of Service
Times Performed (or Units) This Service's Rank Patients Unique Visits
Per Patient
Billed to Medicare Payments from Medicare
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
1,982
times performed,
18% of his services

1st 3rd

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

689
patients got this service, 88% of his patients
2.9
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.1)
$49,550an average of $25 per time performed $5,946
an average of $3 per time performed
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
1,660
times performed,
15% of his services

2nd 1st

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

669
patients got this service, 85% of his patients
2.5
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.3)
$305,440an average of $184 per time performed $109,560
an average of $66 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, basic group of blood chemicals

Service Code: 80048
Performed in an office
1,128
times performed,
10% of his services

3rd 21st

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

544
patients got this service, 69% of his patients
2.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.7)
$67,680an average of $60 per time performed $9,024
an average of $8 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Liver function blood test panel

Service Code: 80076
Performed in an office
1,073
times performed,
10% of his services

4th 37th

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

588
patients got this service, 75% of his patients
1.8
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.6)
$72,964an average of $68 per time performed $8,584
an average of $8 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides)

Service Code: 80061
Performed in an office
1,019
times performed,
9% of his services

5th 8th

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

581
patients got this service, 74% of his patients
1.8
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.6)
$91,710an average of $90 per time performed $11,209
an average of $11 per time performed
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
522
times performed,
5% of his services

6th 2nd

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

338
patients got this service, 43% of his patients
1.5
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2)
$53,244an average of $102 per time performed $24,012
an average of $46 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, clotting time

Service Code: 85610
Performed in an office
464
times performed,
4% of his services

7th 4th

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

49
patients got this service, 6% of his patients
9.5
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 6.2)
$10,672an average of $23 per time performed $2,784
an average of $6 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, thyroid stimulating hormone (tsh)

Service Code: 84443
Performed in an office
379
times performed,
3% of his services

8th 19th

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

238
patients got this service, 30% of his patients
1.6
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$39,037an average of $103 per time performed $8,717
an average of $23 per time performed
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
342
times performed,
3% of his services

9th 5th

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

197
patients got this service, 25% of his patients
1.7
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.5)
$17,442an average of $51 per time performed $3,762
an average of $11 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Hemoglobin a1c level

Service Code: 83036
Performed in an office
341
times performed,
3% of his services

10th 7th

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

181
patients got this service, 23% of his patients
1.9
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.8)
$18,755an average of $55 per time performed $4,774
an average of $14 per time performed
PROCEDURES

Administration of influenza virus vaccine

Service Code: G0008
Performed in an office
263
times performed,
2% of his services

11th 6th

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

252
patients got this service, 32% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$7,627an average of $29 per time performed $6,049
an average of $23 per time performed
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
255
times performed,
2% of his services

12th 23rd

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

245
patients got this service, 31% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$4,590an average of $18 per time performed $3,060
an average of $12 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Vitamin d-3 level

Service Code: 82306
Performed in an office
161
times performed,
1% of his services

13th 62nd

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

108
patients got this service, 14% of his patients
1.5
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$17,710an average of $110 per time performed $6,762
an average of $42 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Automated urinalysis test

Service Code: 81003
Performed in an office
120
times performed,
1% of his services

14th 13th

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

98
patients got this service, 12% of his patients
1.2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$2,760an average of $23 per time performed $360
an average of $3 per time performed
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
78
times performed,
0.72% of his services

15th 22nd

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

71
patients got this service, 9% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$8,268an average of $106 per time performed $1,014
an average of $13 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Urine microalbumin (protein) level

Service Code: 82043
Performed in an office
70
times performed,
0.64% of his services

16th 67th

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

69
patients got this service, 9% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.2)
$2,030an average of $29 per time performed $560
an average of $8 per time performed
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
70
times performed,
0.64% of his services

17th 39th

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

69
patients got this service, 9% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$1,680an average of $24 per time performed $490
an average of $7 per time performed
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
64
times performed,
0.59% of his services

18th 9th

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

24
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
2.6
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.6)
$3,584an average of $56 per time performed $1,024
an average of $16 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood glucose (sugar) level

Service Code: 82947
Performed in an office
60
times performed,
0.55% of his services

19th 38th

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

58
patients got this service, 7% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 2.2)
$1,440an average of $24 per time performed $180
an average of $3 per time performed
RADIOLOGY

Bone density measurement using dedicated x-ray machine

Service Code: 77080
Performed in an office
58
times performed,
0.53% of his services

20th 66th

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

58
patients got this service, 7% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$16,182an average of $279 per time performed $3,480
an average of $60 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Testosterone (hormone) level

Service Code: 84403
Performed in an office
52
times performed,
0.48% of his services

21st 173rd

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

38
patients got this service, 5% of his patients
1.4
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$8,476an average of $163 per time performed $1,924
an average of $37 per time performed
PROCEDURES

Prostate cancer screening; prostate specific antigen test... +

Prostate cancer screening; prostate specific antigen test (psa) ×

Service Code: G0103
Performed in an office
51
times performed,
0.47% of his services

22nd 80th

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

51
patients got this service, 6% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$4,080an average of $80 per time performed $1,326
an average of $26 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Magnesium level

Service Code: 83735
Performed in an office
51
times performed,
0.47% of his services

23rd 122nd

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

14
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
3.6
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$3,009an average of $59 per time performed $459
an average of $9 per time performed
PROCEDURES

Administration of pneumococcal vaccine

Service Code: G0009
Performed in an office
49
times performed,
0.45% of his services

24th 52nd

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

49
patients got this service, 6% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$1,470an average of $30 per time performed $1,127
an average of $23 per time performed
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
49
times performed,
0.45% of his services

25th 44th

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

49
patients got this service, 6% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$3,185an average of $65 per time performed $3,038
an average of $62 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Psa (prostate specific antigen) measurement

Service Code: 84153
Performed in an office
35
times performed,
0.32% of his services

26th 141st

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

27
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1.3
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.2)
$2,800an average of $80 per time performed $910
an average of $26 per time performed
RADIOLOGY

Spine scanning x-ray done with bone density measurement f... +

Spine scanning x-ray done with bone density measurement for spine compression ×

Service Code: 77082
Performed in an office
33
times performed,
0.3% of his services

27th 170th

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

33
patients got this service, 4% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$3,069an average of $93 per time performed $594
an average of $18 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

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

Established patient office or other outpatient, visit typically 40 minutes ×

Service Code: 99215
Performed in an office
31
times performed,
0.29% of his services

28th 17th

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

30
patients got this service, 4% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$6,820an average of $220 per time performed $2,666
an average of $86 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Red blood cell sedimentation rate, to detect inflammation +

Red blood cell sedimentation rate, to detect inflammation ×

Service Code: 85652
Performed in an office
30
times performed,
0.28% of his services

29th 185th

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

24
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1.3
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.2)
$960an average of $32 per time performed $120
an average of $4 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Thyroxine (thyroid chemical) measurement

Service Code: 84439
Performed in an office
29
times performed,
0.27% of his services

30th 60th

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

25
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1.2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$2,291an average of $79 per time performed $377
an average of $13 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Cyanocobalamin (vitamin b-12) level

Service Code: 82607
Performed in an office
28
times performed,
0.26% of his services

31st 118th

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

25
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.2)
$2,436an average of $87 per time performed $588
an average of $21 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Blood test, comprehensive group of blood chemicals

Service Code: 80053
Performed in an office
26
times performed,
0.24% of his services

32nd 10th

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

24
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.6)
$2,340an average of $90 per time performed $312
an average of $12 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Ferritin (blood protein) level

Service Code: 82728
Performed in an office
24
times performed,
0.22% of his services

33rd 139th

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

20
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1.2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$2,088an average of $87 per time performed $456
an average of $19 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Iron level

Service Code: 83540
Performed in an office
24
times performed,
0.22% of his services

34th 129th

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

21
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$672an average of $28 per time performed $216
an average of $9 per time performed
DRUGS

Injection, methylprednisolone acetate, 80 mg

Service Code: J1040
Performed in an office
24
times performed,
0.22% of his services

35th 71st

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

21
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$552an average of $23 per time performed $120
an average of $5 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Lipase (fat enzyme) level

Service Code: 83690
Performed in an office
24
times performed,
0.22% of his services

36th 269th

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

22
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$816an average of $34 per time performed $240
an average of $10 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Iron binding capacity

Service Code: 83550
Performed in an office
22
times performed,
0.2% of his services

37th 137th

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

20
patients got this service, 3% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$660an average of $30 per time performed $264
an average of $12 per time performed
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 implementation of the plan of care that meets patient's needs, per certification period ×

Service Code: G0180
Performed in an office
21
times performed,
0.19% of his services

38th 69th

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

18
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1.2
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.2)
$2,268an average of $108 per time performed $840
an average of $40 per time performed
MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM

Aspiration and/or injection of large joint or joint capsule +

Aspiration and/or injection of large joint or joint capsule ×

Service Code: 20610
Performed in an office
21
times performed,
0.19% of his services

39th 55th

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

19
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.4)
$4,158an average of $198 per time performed $1,029
an average of $49 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Uric acid level, blood

Service Code: 84550
Performed in an office
19
times performed,
0.18% of his services

40th 96th

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

15
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1.3
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.3)
$418an average of $22 per time performed $76
an average of $4 per time performed
MEDICINE

Administration of 1 vaccine

Service Code: 90471
Performed in an office
19
times performed,
0.18% of his services

41st 51st

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

19
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$608an average of $32 per time performed $209
an average of $11 per time performed
RADIOLOGY

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

Service Code: 71020
Performed in an office
17
times performed,
0.16% of his services

42nd 30th

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

16
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1.1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.1)
$1,309an average of $77 per time performed $238
an average of $14 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Natriuretic peptide (heart and blood vessel protein) level +

Natriuretic peptide (heart and blood vessel protein) level ×

Service Code: 83880
Performed in an office
17
times performed,
0.16% of his services

43rd 145th

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

17
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.6)
$1,649an average of $97 per time performed $816
an average of $48 per time performed
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
15
times performed,
0.14% of his services

44th 40th

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

15
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$2,790an average of $186 per time performed $525
an average of $35 per time performed
EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 4... +

New patient office or other outpatient visit, typically 45 minutes ×

Service Code: 99204
Performed in an office
13
times performed,
0.12% of his services

45th 56th

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

13
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1)
$3,497an average of $269 per time performed $1,144
an average of $88 per time performed
PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY

Red blood count, manual test

Service Code: 85044
Performed in an office
12
times performed,
0.11% of his services

46th Alert

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

12
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
$264an average of $22 per time performed $72
an average of $6 per time performed
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
12
times performed,
0.11% of his services

47th 26th

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

12
patients got this service, 2% of his patients
1
average number of visits a patient made for this service
(Peers: 1.7)
$900an average of $75 per time performed $348
an average of $29 per time performed

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.

Notes: This provider has a self-reported specialty of "Family Medicine." In some cases the self-reported specialty may differ from the specialty listed above, which comes from Medicare. Medicare redacted this data for any services provided to fewer than 11 patients.

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