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Percent of Medicare Beneficiaries Filling Prescription for a High-Risk Medication
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    Percent of Medicare Beneficiaries Filling Prescription for a High-Risk Medication
    (Year: 2012; Region Levels: State)
    25.3% 17.0% 17.7% 20.2% 18.7% 16.2% 14.9% 17.7% 16.4% 19.5% 23.5% 21.1% 16.0% 16.1% 19.4% 13.2% 17.3% 24.8% 26.1% 15.0% 17.3% 12.7% 15.9% 11.7% 23.5% 18.3% 13.9% 14.1% 17.6% 14.2% 16.7% 18.6% 15.5% 21.4% 12.8% 18.0% 23.5% 16.9% 15.2% 13.8% 21.2% 11.1% 23.8% 21.9% 17.3% 13.1% 18.8% 17.2% 20.2% 13.4% 14.7% 18.4% 23.5% 17.3% 13.2%
        • DENOMINATOR DEFINITION:
        • 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.

        • NUMERATOR DEFINITION:
        • 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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