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Medicaid data yields details on prescribing habits

Prescription medicationsOne psychiatrist in Chicago was prescribing a risky psychiatric medication to more patients than all the doctors in Texas, based on Medicaid prescribing data.

That sentence is simple and evocative. Reporter Christina Jewett says she never could have written it if she hadn't navigated the world of Medicaid data. Doctors who bill the health insurer to the needy leave a mighty paper trial, and states vary in their ability and willingness to reporters follow it. For the valiant, though, the rewards are great. You can learn about prescribing, services rendered to patients and payments denied to doctors. Jewett shares some of what she learned with AHCJ members.

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