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Prescription Drugs & Other Medical Products


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Issues in the Design and Implementation of Drug Formularies and Therapeutic Classes

August 31, 2005
As part of the Medicare Part D pharmacy benefit scheduled for implementation in 2006 by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA), beneficiaries will have a choice of private plans administering the benefit.? Although plans are required to provide access to needed drugs, the law does not require plans to provide equal coverage for all drugs.?

Barriers to Implementing Technology in Residential Long-Term Care Settings

June 30, 2005
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Evaluation of Data Bases for Drug Risk Adjustment

March 31, 2005
This contract developed data bases to supplement the Federal Employees Health Benefits Data used to develop the drug risk adjustment system for Medicare part D drug plans for low-income and disabled populations; explored geographic variation by state in drug prices and drug utilization; and examined the joint effects on drug plan risk of the combination of drug risk-adjustment, risk-corridors a

Options for Defining Medicare Advantage Regions: An Assessment of Trade-offs

July 29, 2004
The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was charged with setting regional market areas for the implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA).

Health Care in Transition: Technology Assessment in the Private Sector

July 7, 2004
Health Care in Transition: Technology Assessment in the Private Sector Prepared by: Richard Rettig of the RAND Corporation Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. July, 1996.

Pharmaceutical Pricing Practices, Utilization and Costs - Meeting Summary

December 31, 2003
By Kerry Kemp,Health Systems Research, Inc.

Medication Use in Long-Term Care Facilities and Community Settings for Medicare Beneficiaries with Cardiovascular Disease

December 17, 2002
This report compares medication use in long-term care facilities and community settings for Medicare beneficiaries with heart conditions. The purpose of this comparison was to evaluate the utility of a new file of institutional drug use in the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), the premier source of health care information on the Medicare population.

The Contribution of Medication Use to Recent Trends in Old-Age Functioning

July 31, 2002
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services