Medicare Beneficiaries’ Out-of-Pocket Costs for Commonly Used Generic Drugs, 2009-2017
Out-of-pocket costs required by Medicare prescription drug plans for drugs available through Walmart’s generic drug discount program have decreased from 2009 to 2017.
Association Between FDA Black Box Warnings and Medicare Formulary Coverage Changes
Medicare formularies were inconsistent in increasing restrictiveness to drugs that received FDA black box warnings for death and/or cardiovascular risk with safer available drug alternatives.
Observation Encounters and Subsequent Nursing Facility Stays
Only 1.2% of community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries who received hospital-based observation services in 2010 were discharged to an SNF not covered by Medicare.
Association Between Physician Quality Improvement Incentives and Ambulatory Quality Measures
We found no consistent associations between physician incentives for quality improvement and 12 measures of ambulatory quality of care.
Scheduled and Unscheduled Hospital Readmissions Among Patients With Diabetes
This population-based study examines socioeconomic and clinical factors associated with scheduled and unscheduled readmissions after discharge among older patients with diabetes.
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