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Community/ Public / Population Health

Study shows geographic variation in prescribing patterns

A New England Journal of Medicine study of Medicare patients found that prescribing patterns varied by hospital-referral region. For example, 44% of patients in Alexandria, LA received high-risk drugs, compared to 11% in the Bronx, New York, the best performing region. “Low-quality prescribing” was associated with higher medical spending (not including drug spending). Read more here.

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