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Health Aff (Millwood). 2002 Nov-Dec;21(6):215-23.

Medicare spending for injured elders: are there opportunities for savings?

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Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University, USA.

Abstract

Claims for injury care provided to aged fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries cost Medicare more than $8 billion in 1999, almost 6 percent of Medicare claims spending for elders. More than one-fifth of aged FFS beneficiaries had an injury that resulted in a claim. Fractures, which were experienced by one in seventeen aged beneficiaries, were responsible far 67 percent of total injury claims expenses. Medicare could realize substantial savings if these injuries could be prevented; the program should consider underwriting effective prevention activities.

PMID:
12442859
DOI:
10.1377/hlthaff.21.6.215
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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