The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released new data on Medicare Part D prescription drugs prescribed by physicians and other health care professionals in 2013, revealing which prescription drugs were prescribed to Medicare Part D beneficiaries by which practitioners.
According to CMS, the new datasetcreated from drug claims submitted by Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans and stand-alone Prescription Drug Planscontains information from over 1 million distinct healthcare providers who collectively prescribed approximately $103 billion in prescription drugs and supplies paid under the Part D program. For each prescriber and drug, the dataset includes the total number of prescriptions that were dispensed, which include original prescriptions and any refills, and the total drug cost paid by beneficiaries, Part D plans, and other sources.
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