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Characteristics of Part D Beneficiaries at Serious Risk of Opioid Misuse or Overdose

In 2017, there were an estimated 49,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States. In a recent data brief, Opioid Use in Medicare Part D Remains Concerning, OIG found that about 71,000 Part D beneficiaries were at serious risk of misuse or overdose in 2017. Gaining a deeper understanding of the beneficiaries OIG identified as at serious risk of misuse or overdose is an important next step in addressing the crisis. This study will provide needed information about: (1) the characteristics of these beneficiaries, including their demographics and diagnoses; (2) the opioid utilization of these beneficiaries; and (3) the extent to which these beneficiaries have had adverse health effects related to opioids and any overdose incidents.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
June 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Characteristics of Part D Beneficiaries at Serious Risk of Opioid Misuse or Overdose Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-02-19-00130 2020