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Geographic Variation in Medicare Drug Spending

Geographic Variation in Medicare Drug Spending The widespread geographic variation in Medicare spending has garnered a great deal of attention in the health care reform debate, both as a marker of inefficient resource use and as a window into potential strategies for improving the quality and value of U.S. health care. Analyses to date, however, have focused solely on inpatient and outpatient spending (Parts A and B) and have lacked information on pharmaceutical spending (Part D). With drug spending accounting for a rising share of total health care spending, these data limitations hinder interpretation of the variation in spending: do Medicare patients who spend more on . . . http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The New England Journal of Medicine The New England Journal of Medicine

Geographic Variation in Medicare Drug Spending

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Publisher
The New England Journal of Medicine
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0028-4793
eISSN
1533-4406
DOI
10.1056/NEJMp1004872
pmid
20538621
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Abstract

The widespread geographic variation in Medicare spending has garnered a great deal of attention in the health care reform debate, both as a marker of inefficient resource use and as a window into potential strategies for improving the quality and value of U.S. health care. Analyses to date, however, have focused solely on inpatient and outpatient spending (Parts A and B) and have lacked information on pharmaceutical spending (Part D). With drug spending accounting for a rising share of total health care spending, these data limitations hinder interpretation of the variation in spending: do Medicare patients who spend more on . . .

Journal

The New England Journal of MedicineThe New England Journal of Medicine

Published: Jul 29, 2010

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