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How Much Medicare Spending Is Potentially Preventable?

Medicare spending is potentially preventible

As much as 5 percent of health care spending in Medicare is “potentially preventable,” according to a new Commonwealth Fund–supported study led by Jose F. Figueroa, M.D., and Ashish K. Jha, M.D., in Annals of Internal Medicine. And a relatively small group of high-cost patients, many of whom are frail and elderly, account for most of it.

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