The Impact of Medicare Part D on Emergency Department Visits.

TitleThe Impact of Medicare Part D on Emergency Department Visits.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsAyyagari, P, Shane, DM, Wehby, GL
JournalHealth Economics
Date Published2017 04
ISSN Number1099-1050
KeywordsAged, Delivery of Health Care, Emergency Service, Hospital, Female, Humans, Insurance Coverage, Insurance, Health, Male, Medicare Part D, Middle Aged, prescription drugs, Surveys and Questionnaires, United States

The Medicare Part D program introduced prescription drug coverage for seniors in 2006. We examine the impact of this program on the use of emergency department (ED) care. Using a difference-in-differences model, we find declines in the number of ED visits for non-emergency care but not for emergency care, suggesting that Part D may have led to better management of health and reduced unnecessary use of EDs. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Alternate JournalHealth Econ
Citation Key10466
PubMed ID26865471