Book/Report

Medicare Part D Beneficiaries at Serious Risk of Opioid Misuse or Overdose: A Closer Look.

Medicare Part D Beneficiaries at Serious Risk of Opioid Misuse or Overdose: A Closer Look. HHS OIG Data Brief. Washington DC; Office of the Inspector General: May 4, 2020. Report number OEI-02-19-00130.

Misuse of prescription opiates in the US continues to be a patient safety concern.  This data brief summarizes characteristics of the Medicare Part D population that routinely use opiates. It provides insights into the prevalence of patients diagnosed with opioid use disorders and others at risk for abuse that receive prescriptions for opioids.  A recommendation shared to address the situation is to assure patients diagnosed with the disorder get the medication-assisted treatment they need.