Center for Studying Health System Change

Providing Insights that Contribute to Better Health Policy


Insurance Coverage & Costs Costs The Uninsured Private Coverage Employer Sponsored Individual Public Coverage Medicare Medicaid and SCHIP Access to Care Quality & Care Delivery Health Care Markets Issue Briefs Data Bulletins Research Briefs Policy Analyses Community Reports Journal Articles Other Publications Surveys Site Visits Design and Methods Data Files

Prescription Drug Spending for Medicare+Choice Beneficiaries in the Last Year of Life

August 2006
Journal of Palliative Medicine, Vol. 9, No. 4
Cheryl Fahlman, Joanne Lynn, Danielle Doberman, Jon R. Gabel, Mike Finch

With this year’s implementation of the Medicare prescription drug plan, insights into medication costs at the end of life may help clinicians navigate Medicare Part D coverage for chronically ill individuals. This study examines the presription drug use of more than 4,600 beneficiaries in a large national managed care organization. It analyzes the relationship between prescription drug expenditures and sociodemographic descriptors, insurance characteristics and cause of death.

This article is available at the Journal of Palliative Medicine Web site by clicking here. (Subscription required).


Back to Top
Site Last Updated: 9/15/2014             Privacy Policy
The Center for Studying Health System Change Ceased operation on Dec. 31, 2013.