A recent article published in Health Affairs found that 28 percent of high-cost Medicare beneficiaries in 2012 remained high-cost over the two following years, and that most were younger and more likely to be minorities.
The article by Harvard Medical School’s Jose F. Figueroa et al. focused on a 20-percent sample of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries between 2012-14.
“Persistently high-cost patients had greater relative spending on outpatient care and medications, while very little of their spending was related to preventable hospitalizations,” the authors state.
To read the full article on Health Affairs, click here.