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Prescription drug utilization and spending rates use a 40% Medicare random-sample denominator file for each year from 2006 to 2010. For the 2010 Part D enrollment cohort, patients were included if they (1) were age 65 or older as of 1/1/2010, (2) were alive and continuously enrolled in a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan for all 12 months of 2010, and (3) were not enrolled in hospice or a managed Medicare plan (Medicare Advantage) at any time during 2010.
Measures of potentially harmful drug use relied on the HEDIS potentially harmful drugs list, which identifies drugs of high risk to people over 65 years of age; use of these medications was studied in 2010 enrollees. Please see http://www.ncqa.org/Portals/0/newsroom/SOHC/Drugs_Avoided_Elderly.pdf.
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