Benchmarking the Quality of Medication Use by Medicare Beneficiaries

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As the January 2006 start date for Medicare outpatient drug coverage approaches, there is particular concern about how beneficiaries' access to the medications they currently use and need can be ensured under the complex Part D benefit structure. This concern stems in part from the lack of recognized benchmarks against which to evaluate patterns of drug utilization. For this project, the investigators will study the pharmacotherapeutic profiles of Medicare beneficiaries who have any of 10 priority health conditions singled out by federal officials for special attention. Data drawn from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, including special Institutional Drug Administration files, will be used to examine drug utilization patterns of Medicare beneficiaries with the 10 priority conditions and assess the appropriateness of those patterns of use. The project will include a special focus on minority beneficiaries and beneficiaries in long-term care facilities, two groups that may be particularly vulnerable to the new changes.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of Maryland
Principal Investigator:
Bruce Stuart
Award Amount:
$269,694.00
Approval Date:
July 12, 2005

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