Medicare Part D Opioid Drug Mapping Tool
Medicare Part D Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool
The Medicare Part D opioid prescribing mapping tool is an interactive tool that shows geographic comparisons, at the state, county, and ZIP code levels, of de-identified Medicare Part D opioid prescription claims – prescriptions written and then submitted to be filled – within the United States. The mapping tool presents Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rates for 2016 as well as the change in opioid prescribing rates from 2013 to 2016.
The mapping tool allows the user to see both the number and percentage of opioid claims at the local level in order to better understand how this critical issue impacts communities nationwide. By openly sharing data in a secure, broad, and interactive way, CMS and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) believe that this level of transparency will inform community awareness among providers and local public health officials.
The data reflect Medicare Part D prescription drug claims prescribed by health care providers. Approximately 70% of Medicare beneficiaries have Medicare prescription drug coverage either from a Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan offering Medicare prescription drug coverage. In 2016, Medicare Part D spending was $146 billion; U.S. retail prescription drug spending was about $329 billion. The mapping tool does not contain beneficiary information nor does the information presented in this tool indicate the quality or appropriateness of care provided by individual physicians or in a given geographic region.
Note: the map will automatically adjust between state, county, and zip code levels as users zoom in or out. Zooming is available by clicking on the zoom buttons in the top left corner of the map, or by using the mouse wheel or keyboard "+" or "-" keys. Users can navigate the map by dragging with the mouse or by using the keyboard arrow keys. To ensure full functionality of the tool, using a browser other than Internet Explorer may be required.
Access the Detailed Methodology Document.
Access the Opioid Drug List.
Additional information can be found at our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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