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43.5% Of Dual Eligibles & 30.9% Of Medicare FFS Beneficiaries Receive Prescription Opioids Each Year

News | December 17, 2018

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Approximately 43.5% of dual eligibles and 30.9% of Medicare-only fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries received at least one opioid prescription in 2015. Of these individuals, about 10.4% of dual eligibles, and 4.9% of Medicare-only FFS beneficiaries received opioids at the high dose chronic (HDC) level. HDC opioid use is defined as an opioid prescription during any calendar…

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