2013-2014 Medicare Part D Opioid Prescribing Data (By State)
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Last edited: Jan 22, 2018
"Prescription drug abuse is a serious and growing problem nationwide. CMS is committed to protecting Medicare beneficiaries and the Medicare Trust fund from the harm and damaging effects associated with prescription drug abuse. CMS takes this problem seriously and implemented more comprehensive strategies beginning in 2013 to address the overutilization of opioids in Medicare Part D while maintaining beneficiary access to needed medications.
The Medicare Part D Overutilization Monitoring System (OMS) was fully implemented on July 31, 2013, to help CMS ensure that sponsors have established reasonable and appropriate drug utilization management programs to assist in preventing overutilization of prescribed medications
While this data set cannot be used to identify overutilization of prescribed medications for a given beneficiary, it can be used to conduct other types of analyses of opioid prescribing and utilization under Part D.
The data only represents only Medicare patients who elected to have Part D. It does not include prescribing for patients on Medicaid, those with commercial insurance, or self-pay patients. As a result, users of this data should recognize that it only presents a portion of a physician’s entire practice and that portion can vary significantly across physicians. However, this data does present valuable information on how physicians prescribe within in the Medicare program."
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**Please note: I added the column "Region" for educational purposes.
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