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By Topic: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data Subtopic: Part D Prescriber


What is CMS doing in addressing opioid overutilization, including in the Medicare Part D program?
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Does the total drug cost represent the amount that Medicare paid for the prescription in the Part D Prescri...
No. The total drug ... (more)

What is the population included in the Part D Prescriber PUF?
The Part D Prescriber PUF includes data ... (more)

Can I link the Part D Prescriber PUF to other CMS releases or other public data?
Yes. However, when ... (more)

The Part D opioid drug data only represents the physician’s Medicare patients – does it thus present an...
This is true. The data only represents o... (more)

My data doesn’t appear correct in the Part D Prescriber PUF, what can I do?
Data in the Part D Prescriber PUF is pulled from numerous... (more)

Does the Part D Prescriber PUF contain information for beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage?
Yes, the Part D Prescriber PUF was developed using claims fr... (more)

What is the prescription opioid epidemic?
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What are you doing to protect beneficiary privacy in the Part D Prescriber PUF?
CMS is committed to protecting the privacy of Medicare benef... (more)

What do the Part D Opioid Mapping tool data say about opioid prescribing pattern?
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Does CMS include information on quality in the Part D Prescriber PUF?
No. The information... (more)