5055.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

How Research Informs the Debate Over a Medicare Drug Benefit

This session brings three groups of health services researchers working on empirical research on drug use and spending by Medicare beneficiaries together with representatives of public and private organizations that need reliable research findings in this area in order to make policy decisions or develop policy positions. The objectives of the session are: (1) to show where research informs the debate over a Medicare drug benefit, and (2) to discuss ways that the link between researchers and policy makers can be strengthened. Presenters: John Poisal and Lauren Murray,Health Care Financing Administration, Office of Strategic Planning, Balimore, MD. "Tracking Changes in Prescription Drug Coverage amonth the Elderly as Measured by the MCBS"; Stephen Crystal, Usha Sambamoorthi, and Rizie Kumar. Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University. "Out-of-Pocket Burden for Prescribed Medications Among the Elderly: Who Are the Heavily Burdened?"; Bruce Stuart, University of Maryland, Dennis Shea, Penn State University, and Becky Briesacher, University of Maryland. "New Research Findings on the Impact of Insurance Coverage on Prescription Drug Use by Medicare Beneficiaries."
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Facilitator(s):Bruce Stuart, PhD
Panelist(s):David Gross, PhD
Joan Sokolovsky, PhD
Judith Wagner, PhD
Organizer(s):Lynette Bradley, RPh, PhD
Sponsor:Medical Care

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA