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Dr. Tomy Starck Ophthalmology

The following information is provided by the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services for the year 2014 and depicts the rates of sixteen chronic conditions found in Dr. Starck’s Medicare patients. It should be noted that the prevalence of conditions listed below may not be characteristic of the provider’s entire patient population, and in some cases information has been redacted from the original data source to protect patient information.

Most Frequently Seen

Most Frequently Seen

Throughout 2014, Dr. Starck saw the greatest relative rate of patients with High Cholesterol (71% of Medicare patients) compared to averages for all physicians in his state, likely indicating he is experienced in managing treatment and complications associated with this condition.

Overview of High Cholesterol:

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance (lipid) that is present in the blood. It is produced by the liver and helps the body to function properly. Cholesterol can also be found in certain foods. An excess of cholesterol can lead to fatty buildup (plaques) in the blood vessels. This buildup can cause narrowing of the blood vessels (atherosclerosis) and cardiovascular problems such as a heart attack or stroke.

Everyone needs cholesterol to help build cells, digest food, insulate nerve cells, and produce hormones. It is a very important substance that is produced naturally by the body. However, certain food sources also contain cholesterol. Consuming too many of these foods can lead to high levels of cholesterol.

High levels of cholesterol don’t cause symptoms in and of themselves, but can lead to a buildup of fatty plaques in the blood vessels, causing the blood vessels to narrow (a condition called atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis is a leading risk factor in many cardiovascular problems, including potentially fatal conditions such as a heart attack or stroke. Smoking, high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, and family history can all compound the health risks associated with high cholesterol.

Cholesterol is carried in the blood by lipoproteins.

  • High-density lipoproteins (HDLs) are the “good” cholesterol that helps to prevent fatty buildup. The recommended level for HDL is over 40-60 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Higher numbers are generally better for HDLs.
  • Low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) are the “bad” cholesterol that can cause fatty plaques to form in the blood vessels. The recommended level for LDL is below 70-130 mg/dL. Lower numbers are better for LDLs, and individuals at risk for cardiovascular problems should try to keep LDLs below 100 mg/dL.
  • The recommended total cholesterol level is below 200 mg/dL, with lower numbers being best.

Eating a healthy diet, avoiding sources of saturated fat and LDL cholesterol, getting plenty of exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding excessive alcohol intake, quitting smoking, and managing chronic health conditions (such as diabetes) can all help to manage cholesterol levels and prevent potential complications of high cholesterol.

The following data breaks down the shared Medicare patient base between Dr. Tomy Starck and his physician colleagues. This shared patient population represents those who received care from both Dr. Starck and a related physician within a 30 day time period throughout 2015, regardless of whether this was due to a direct referral or not. Patients who visited Dr. Starck after having seen another physician within this time period are denoted as Received . while patients who saw another physician after receiving care from Dr. Starck are denoted as Shared .

total unique patients received

total received visits

number of specialties receiving from

number of physicians receiving from

State and County Comparison

Physicians Visited Before Dr. Starck

Percent Patients Received by Specialty

Physicians Visited After Dr. Starck

Percent Patients Shared by Specialty

State and County Comparison

The following chart displays how the number of visits and unique patients received by Dr. Tomy Starck from other physicians compared to the county and state averages for his specialty.

Total Received Visits

Total Unique Patients

Medicare Part D Prescribing Record

This section is a breakdown of Dr. Starck’s Medicare prescribing records in 2013 (the most recent data available from Medicare for this provider). It should be noted that the data may not be representative of Dr. Starck’s entire prescribing pattern. All comparisons are made to the average Ophthalmologist in the state.

Average Cost Per Prescription

$135 USD

Above the State Average for Ophthalmologists ($89 USD)

medicare prescription drug expenses

$420765 United States dollars

total claim count

Common Medications Prescribed

Total Claim Count

Number of Medicare Patients

Average Cost Per Claim

$31.14 United States dollars

$124.81 United States dollars

$235.92 United States dollars

$132.73 United States dollars

$117.27 United States dollars

$489.29 United States dollars

$22.16 United States dollars

$14.03 United States dollars

$226.48 United States dollars

$158.68 United States dollars

Prescription Counts by Year

Total Claim Count

Medicare Prescription Drug Expenses

State-specialty Average Claim Count

Pharmaceutical Company Payments

The Affordable Care Act requires CMS to collect information from applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) on their financial relationships with physicians. This data is collected and made publicly available under the federally run Open Payments program, which currently spans payments made to physicians through the years 2013 to 2015.

In total, Dr. Tomy Starck has received $4,352 USD from pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and group-purchasing organizations (GPOs) between August 2013 and December 2015. These contributions were provided in 81 payments from nine unique companies. Dr. Starck has received approximately the same amount in payments as the average orthopedic surgeon in Texas over this time period.

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