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Characterizing the Experiences of High-Cost Users in Medicare

Characterizing the Experiences of High-Cost Users in Medicare

Chapter:
(p.79) 3 Characterizing the Experiences of High-Cost Users in Medicare
Source:
Analyses in the Economics of Aging
Author(s):
Thomas Macurdy, Jeff Geppert
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226903217.003.0004

This chapter explores patterns of expenses for high-cost users of Medicare. It aims to develop a transparent approach for identifying these beneficiaries and determining the concentration of their health care utilization. The analysis reveals that that 20–30 percent of the total growth in Medicare program payments from 1989 to 1999 came from an increase in the participation rate while 50–60 percent was from an increase in average program payments per service recipient.

Keywords:   Medicare, high-cost users, health care utilization, Medicare program payments, participation rate

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