Percent of Medicare Beneficiaries Filling Prescription for a High-Risk Medication
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        • High-risk medication use was measured for Medicare beneficiaries who were age 65-99 on January 1 of the measurement year enrolled in Parts A and B and also continuously enrolled in a stand-alone Part D plan (based on a 40% random sample). Patients enrolled in risk-bearing HMOs at any time during the year and patients with hospice claims were excluded.

        • High-risk medications examined were those identified on the HEDIS list by the NCQA as generally conferring more risk than benefit in older people.


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