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Vanderbilt study explores how dual-eligible beneficiaries spend

by Aug. 17, 2018, 9:01 AM

While there has been much effort to control spending for individuals eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare in the United States, for the first time a team of Vanderbilt health policy researchers have analyzed spending trends for this population over a multiyear period in order to gain a much clearer understanding of exactly how much is being spent and by whom.

“We measured how much Medicare spends per dual-eligible beneficiary and how much that changed between 2007 and 2015, and compared those trends to other beneficiaries who don’t have Medicaid,” said lead author Laura Keohane, PhD, assistant professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “After adjusting for increases in Medicare payment rates, over this time period we found that dual-eligible beneficiaries over age 65 on average had very similar spending growth compared to other Medicare beneficiaries. In the most recent years of our study, dual-eligible beneficiaries had lower average annual spending growth.”

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