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Analysis of the Characteristics of Medicare Advantage Plan Participation: Final Report

Contents Project Purpose Methods Findings Descriptive Analysis of Trends Findings Insight from Firm Discussions Benefits, Marketing, and Product Positioning Conclusions

Understanding Variations in International Drug Prices

Rapidly rising prescription drug prices have caused many consumers, third-party payers, and policymakers to look for ways to lower their drug costs. One strategy that many have seen as a potential solution is to import drug products from countries where drug prices are lower than those in the United States — commonly called reimportation.

Development of an Assistive Technology and Environmental Assessment Instrument for National Surveys: Final Report

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Development of an Assistive Technology and Environmental Assessment Instrument for National Surveys: Final Report Part I. Recommended Modules and Instrument Development Process

Impact of Policies to Limit Drug Plan's Financial Risk

This paper examines the combined effects of drug plan risk the first year of Medicare part D implementation of the combination of reinsurance, risk-adjustment and risk-corridors

Geographic Variation in Prescription Drug Prices and Spending

This paper examines by state variation in drug prices and drug spending. Variation in prices are found to be minimal but variation in spending (and utilization) are more substantial. Further work will explore the underlying reasons for the spending variation and whether patterns persist when analyzed for areas other than states.

Developing A Risk Adjustment Methodology for Medicare Drug Plans

This paper describes the work NORC did to supplement the Federal Employee Health Benefits data (FEHBP) used to develop drug risk adjustment factors for over 65 individuals with a full drug supplement to Medicare. This data needed to be supplemented because the FEHBP data did not adequately represent, low-income, disabled, or non east Coast populations.

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

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

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services